SPARTA, NJ - For at least the past 50 years Sparta Township has consistently operated and maintained the busiest Communications Center in Sussex County. It currently provides 9-1-1 emergency dispatch services to five municipalities and 15 separate entities that include, Police, Fire and EMS services.
The Sparta Township Police Communications Center annually handles approximately 9,500 Emergency 9-1-1 calls for service. They also handle thousands of call for service received by non-emergency police telephone lines, alarm calls and walk-in complaints.
Lt John Paul Beebe said, “In order to maintain the highest level of security and emergency response for the citizens of Sparta Township and those communities that we provide dispatch services for, the Sparta Township Police Department operates and maintains a state of the art 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center. It is staffed around the clock by a pool of experienced, highly trained certified 9-1-1 Communications Officers. This ensures manpower and resources are quickly dispatched to effectively and safely handle any emergency situation that responding rescue workers should encounter.”
Communities across the nation have begun a month-long campaign to help Americans of all ages recognize the importance of 9-1-1 and the role they play in ensuring effective and efficient emergency response in times of crisis. Groups including the United States Congress and the National Emergency Number Association, a leading public safety association, have also recognized April as National 9-1-1 Education Month. They are encouraging the media, the 9-1-1 community, the wireless industry, and public information providers to engage in 9-1-1 awareness and education activities this month.
“Keeping within the spirit of National 9-1-1 Education Month and to help educate our citizens and the general public to the importance of 9-1-1 and how our Communications Center best serves Sparta Township and several surrounding communities, guided tours are available for the Communications Center and the Sparta Township Police Department,” said Beebe. “If you or your organization is interested in such a tour, please contact Sgt. Dennis Proctor during regular business hours at (973) 726-4051.”