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DeSoto Co. 911 center receives facelift

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - The communications dispatch center at the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department recently received a facelift that didn't cost taxpayers a dime.

When renovations are necessary on any structure, the question usually becomes how to pay for it. For the workers that man the phones daily in the DeSoto County 911 dispatch center, serious changes were long overdue.

"It was old, in bad condition," Dispatch Captain Dee Anne Davis said. "We had old computers...old furniture...we had wiring all up under our feet."

DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco decided that a facelift was very much needed at the center in his office. The project cost $25,000 to complete, and was paid for without using tax payer dollars.

"It was funded by criminals' money that we've gained from drug busts and things like that," he said.

The new editions include carpet, paint, furniture, and six new desktop computers. The staff of 18 dispatchers are pleased with their new digs and believe it creates a positive working environment.

"The people that worked in here did a wonderful job, but now its going to be a lot easier, less stressful, better accommodating of course, and makes it better to come into work everyday," Rasco said.

Unit Commander Frank Herring said the improvements are good, especially without tax payers footing the bill.

"It's great anytime someone else can pay for it and not the tax payers," Herring said.

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