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      Jefferson County to consolidate 911 call center

      Jefferson County leaders announced plans Thursday to create the largest consolidated 911 center in Alabama. The $4.5 million center will be housed in the Center Point Satellite Courthouse.

      "For my budget, it means a savings of $1.6 million dollars," said Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale. "The citizens are going to get the services a little bit faster, and they can rest a little easier."

      Currently, all 911 calls are answered by the Sheriff's Office Communication Center, then calls are dispatched to different agencies. The new center will consolidate operations from a central location.

      Construction is slated to begin next week and is expected{}be finished in early August.

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