The University of Toledo Police Department has joined the Lucas County 911 Regional Council of Governments consolidated emergency dispatch operations.
The partnership of county, municipal and township governments in Lucas County consolidating to be on one 911 system provides for safe, effective and efficient responses in emergencies, UToledo Police Chief Jeff Newton said.
“UToledo Police has long educated the campus community to call 911 in an emergency,” Newton said. “Please continue to contact our campus police in an emergency by dialing 911 and reserve the UToledo Police non-emergency line, 419.530.2600, for low priority calls that do not require an immediate police response.”
The campus non-emergency line now provides callers a menu of options and should be used for calls such as being locked out of a building or to report a past offense.
The new Lucas County 911 Regional Council of Governments operations brings advantages to UToledo, Newton said, including best practice dispatching and call taking, common county-wide operating procedures, superior handling of large scale incidents that would otherwise overwhelm small centers and seamless mutual aid.
In addition to UToledo, a number of jurisdictions including Toledo, Sylvania, Maumee and Oregon, have moved from operating their own local emergency dispatch centers to the centralized county system.