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For Immediate Release: June 02, 2020

Sen. Micciche Calls for Halt to DPS Plan to Centralize 911 Service

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SOLDOTNA – Senator Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, this week urged the leadership of Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) to halt their plan that would centralize 911 response services and, instead, work with experts, stakeholders and lawmakers on a better, more comprehensive solution. 

“The current plan to centralize the 911 response center – when municipal partners must continue operating their own centers for police, fire and EMS services – is laced with inefficiencies, competing 911 resources, and significant cost increases,” said Sen. Micciche. “It will put residents and officers at additional risk and slow response times between agencies.”

Sen. Micciche, a longtime advocate of improving 911 services, instead believes the department should “get back to the drawing board” with experts and stakeholders.

“There is a need for improved rural technical capabilities within the system,” Sen. Micciche continued. “Doing so at the response expense of urban and semi-urban Alaskans, however, is not a responsible solution.”

The current plan is related to the Emergency Communication Center Project initiated by the Walker administration in 2018 to improve DPS capabilities in rural Alaska. While Sen. Micciche shared that goal, he was concerned the approach would negatively impact public safety for urban and semi-urban areas, such as the Kenai Peninsula, the Mat-Su and Southeast.

The fiscal year 2021 budget included intent language stating: “It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Public Safety not implement a new Anchorage Emergency Communications Center without legislative approval.”

“That language was ignored, technically side-stepped and, unfortunately, the project has aggressively moved forward,” said Sen. Micciche.

Sen. Micciche and other lawmakers met with Gov. Dunleavy last month to express their concerns and find a better solution.

“I want to thank Governor Dunleavy for his involvement and willingness to listen to our concerns on this important decision,” said Sen. Micciche. “A faulty process that began with the Walker administration should die with this one.”

Read Sen. Micciche’s full article on the subject here.

For more information, contact Senate Majority Communications Director Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.


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