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Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies could accompany emergency, fire personnel to 911 calls

9:18 AM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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BUNNELL, Fla. -- Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies may now be responding to some emergency calls along with fire and medical personnel, based on information gathered by 911 operators.

The dispatch policy was changed after being reviewed by Undersheriff Rick Staly and was approved by Sheriff James Manfre.

"After a review of the dispatching polices, Sheriff Manfre approved policy changes that will better serve our community in times of medical and fire emergencies," Staly said in a release. 

Dispatchers with the FCSO are now authorized to send deputies to emergency calls if information from the 911 operator indicates that a criminal act may have occurred, if a person is injured while a crime was committed or through suspicious circumstances, or in a life-threatening situation.

A deputy could also be sent if the 911 operator is uncertain of how an injury was caused. If a person was injured and it appears no crime occurred, deputies in the area will be alerted to a medical emergency and will respond if possible.

The change in dispatch policy is part of a review of all FCSO policies, according to the release.

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