911 calls in Claycomo now being answered by Kansas City, Mo., Dispatch Center

CLAYCOMO, Mo. - Kansas City, Mo., Police Dispatch Center is getting more 911 calls. In the last 24 hours, Kansas City, Mo., began dispatch services for the Village of Claycomo and we're told the transition has gone off without a hitch so far.

"For the most part everything is going seamlessly," Jack Foster said, Claycomo Public Safety Director.

For years, Claycomo handled its own calls for police and fire. Then they partnered with Clay County to outsource dispatch services and got rid of the equipment. In October of 2012, the Clay County Sheriff notified Claycomo they needed to find another dispatch partner.

"Although we weren't ready for a change it apparently worked out for our benefit," Foster said.

After months of reaching out to surrounding agencies Claycomo reached a one-year contract with the Kansas City, Mo., Dispatch Center.

"They're a professional department and I know my guys are very excited about working with Kansas City and everything went off without a hitch yesterday," Foster said.

He said the village could save around $30,000 a year once the entire transition from Clay County to Kansas City, Mo., is complete.

"At present, it's only our police side that is going to the call center and then Kansas City, Mo., Police Dispatch are dispatching our calls for service," Foster said.

Claycomo fire calls are still going to the Clay County Dispatch Center. The village is currently in negotiations with Kansas City to get fire calls picked up as well.
  
The new non-emergency number to call if you live in Claycomo is (816) 234-5111.

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