Dawson County Sheriff's Office
Until the mid 1990s, Dawson County Communications was a dual-purpose position that served the Communication and the Detention Division. During this time, call volume was tremendously lower, and the Communications Center was located within the Detention Center.
In the late 1990s, the Sheriff’s Office hired one detention officer per shift; therefore, one individual was assigned specifically to the Communications Center to dispatch emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
In the spring of 1996, Dawson County began phasing into the 911 System and continued to dispatch calls from within the Detention Center. In 1997, the 911 System was fully implemented, and the center relocated to the Fouts Building. Since 1997, the Communications Center has been relocated to the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center.
Call volume has increased greatly, since the 1990s. The center currently receives approximately 436 calls for service each day. This total reflects administrative calls, law enforcement calls for service, and emergency service calls.
The Dawson County Sheriffs Office Communication Division is responsible for receiving and dispatching emergency and non-emergency calls for service. The center dispatches for the Dawson County Sheriffs Office and Dawson County Emergency Services. The Communications Center employs 12 communications officers, who work 12 hours shifts. Each shift includes two communications officers and a communications shift supervisor. Debra Wimpy is the Dawson County Communications Director, who is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Communications Center. To read Debra Wimpy's biography, click here.
The Dawson County Sheriffs Office requires each communications employee to receive 40 hours of Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) approved training relating to communications. Additionally, each communications officer must complete Emergency Medical Dispatch (E.M.D.) and CPR/AED training. Each operator must maintain certification that grants access to the Georgia Crime Information Computer. The center offers supplemental training relating to topics such as family violence and special needs callers.