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Last updated 4:19AM ET
September 26, 2018
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Fort Madison Police Chief Bruce Niggemeyer, Lee County Sheriff Jim Scholl, and Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew (L to R) observe operations in LEECOMM.
(wium) - Jason Parrott's guest is Lee County E-911 Communication Director Dave Murray. They talk about the county's new emergency dispatch center that will go online October 1.

Murray says the idea of developing a countywide emergency dispatch center has been tossed around for years. He says it finally gained momentum, a couple years ago, when Lee County decided to expand its jail.

LEECOMM is located inside the complex. It replaces the dispatch services in Keokuk, Fort Madison and Lee County.

Murray says there will be two, and sometimes three, dispatchers on duty at one time. He says the state-of-the-art technology will make it easier to get help to the scene of an accident or a crime.

The new center means there will no longer be a dispatcher at the Keokuk or Fort Madison Police Departments after-hours.

Murray says a phone inside each lobby will be connected, directly, to LEECOMM. He says the lobby door will also lock in case someone is being chased.

LEECOMM will dispatch for the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the rural fire departments, and the Keokuk and Fort Madison police and fire departments.

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