Currently, some Broward County cities have built and operate their own 911 dispatch services. Other cities have negotiated contracts with the Broward Sheriff’s Office for dispatch services. 911 is nationally recognized as the number to call in an emergency to receive immediate help from police, fire, emergency medical services or other appropriate emergency response entities.
Broward County has determined that the current fragmented system of emergency call processing and dispatching is inefficient, costly and may result in delays involving the transfer of calls among numerous dispatch centers. As a result, the County is establishing a Consolidated Regional E911 Communications System that will promote health, safety and general welfare throughout Broward County by improving the safety of officers and persons residing or traveling throughout Broward County, eliminate call transfers that result in delayed respones, result in signficant cost savings, and promote efficient and cost effective migration to consolidated new technologies.
Broward County has determined that it is in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare of its residents, and those visitors that travel through or spend time within the boundaries of Broward County, to voluntarily create a Consolidated Regional E911 Communications System which the County shall operate, or contract to operate; and will consist of the County's unincorporated area, Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and any and all municipalities located within the geographic boundaries of Broward County that enter into an agreement for participation in the System.
The Broward County Commission will maintain governance over the regional system, as a unit of county government reporting to the County Administrator. Governance of the system will remain with the County, even if contracted out for operation.