Tate County’s E911 Center is a joint venture between the Tate County Board of Supervisors and the City of Senatobia. This joint venture allows for the E911 center to operate with peak performance and professionalism at a much lower cost to the taxpayers of Tate County and the City of Senatobia. As part of the agreement, the county is responsible for maintaining six full-time dispatchers and the E911 Director position. The city is responsible for maintaining four full-time dispatchers and the Emergency Communications Coordinator position (dispatch supervisor). Along with these ten full-time employees, the center also employs several part-time employees to fill vacancies, vacations, etc.
The joint venture ensures that there are two dispatchers serving the citizens 24 hours a day seven days a week with a third dispatcher that works during peak hours seven days a week. These dispatchers are all certified dispatchers through IAED and the State of Mississippi and they are currently working to achieve the Emergency Medical Dispatch designations to assist our citizens who are experiencing medical emergencies more efficiently.
The center dispatches for the following agencies in Tate County:
- Tate County Sheriff Department (911 calls only)
- Senatobia Police Department
- Coldwater Police Department
- Northwest Community College Police Department (after hours)
- Senatobia Fire Department
- Coldwater Fire Department
- Arkabutla Fire Department
- District One Fire Department
- Greenleaf Fire Department
- Independence Fire Department
- Looxahoma Fire Department
- Poagville Fire Department
- Wyatte Fire Department
The center handles hundreds of calls for service daily in all facets of police, fire, and emergency medical services throughout Tate County. This has recently been enhanced by a large investment in our infrastructure and equipment by the Board of Supervisors. Over the past two years, the Board has invested over $750,000 in purchasing a new state-of-the-art 911 system with integrated mapping that pinpoints a caller within a 10’ radius of their phone handset (the previous system was over 20 years old and was past the useful life of the system); a new modern radio console utilized for dispatching agencies (the previous system was outdated and no longer supported); all new modern radio systems that ensure our responders have interoperability with other agencies and communications; updated computer equipment; etc.