December 24, 2006

15 NY counties unable to find 911 calls from cell phones

Fifteen counties across New York do not have the ability to pinpoint the locations of people calling 911 from their cell phones despite state funding for the technology, reports The Democrat and Chronicle.

"Auditors from the state Comptroller's office charged that the New York Department of State is failing in its responsibility to oversee the implementation of the service. The state has allocated almost $150 million for the project, but only $60 million has been spent.

According to the report, the Department of State has been tracking which counties have implemented E911, but has not been providing aid to counties that still lack the technology.

The report calls on the department to step up the effort by working more closely with county call centers."

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