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City joins county's 911 system

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The city of Flint is joining the Genesee County 911 system.

City leaders announced the move today at the county's 911 facility.

"Crime doesn't stop at a specific city border and when you talk about the resources to adequately address the crime issues beyond a regional basis you enhance the capacity of any agency that's involved in that," said Flint Police Chief James Tolbert.

Beginning Monday, Flint police will now be dispatched from Genesse County 911.

It's this first time that's happened in more than 20 years.

The integration between the city and county 911 systems is a transition officials have been waiting quite some time for.

“Great to work with the different agencies,” said City Administrator Natasha Henderson.

With the transition comes and upgraded facility and new equipment.

“It's going to be a level of service of high technology that we are going to be able to ensure that the citizens of flint will be receiving,” said David Ackley.

Ackley is the Genesee county 911 acting director. He said the upgraded equipment will help officers and firefighters respond quicker, and help keep themselves safe on the job.

"The technology is here to give them tools not only to help them fight the fire but help keep their people safe," Ackley said. 

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