During the work session last week, Garrett said the city was looking at Aug. 1 as an early date with Sept. 30 as the late date for joining ChatComm.
“So sometime between then, that switch could be made and it will also give necessary time for DeKalb County to make some decision regarding how they adjust with a lesser number of phones to answer,” she said.
ChatComm already handles 911 service for Johns Creek, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs and Brookhaven is looking to becoming a subscribing member.
In discussing the pros and cons of the service, Mayor J. Max Davis said the 911 system the city has now is far from perfect and asked the benefits of the new system.
“One of the big benefits is they [ChatComm] have a similar CAD system and we’ll be able to document and receive information over our computers and look at reports a lot quicker than with DeKalb,” said Police Chief Gary Yandura.
“With ChatComm, anyone at their desk or from their car will see the status right away.”
Another plus, said Yandura, would be the utilization of equipment already loaded into police cars where they will be able to track officers’ whereabouts.
“The issue is truly safety not only for the person being victimized, but also for that officer,” said Garrett.
“I think it’s a concern that we heard tonight that the current system is not able to locate all the cars on the road. There is a cost difference but I think you’re looking at levels of service.”
City council approved a deferral on a decision until March 25, to allow Garrett enough time to negotiate the final contract.