Extra Funding Means New Equipment for State 911 System

ROCKDALE — From a small room in a police station halfway between Austin and College Station, Monica Baxter answers a phone with “911” written on the receiver. A nearby computer screen springs to life, displaying data based on the caller’s phone number. Another shows a map of the caller’s approximate location.

The information is critical for Baxter to determine who is responsible for addressing the situation. Though Baxter works for the Rockdale Police Department, she answers 911 calls for the entire southern half of sparsely populated Milam County.

“If it’s a police [call] that’s outside of our ...

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