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Sheriff to oversee dispatch operations

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- With the quest to return its Central Dispatch system to full privileges, the operations of that agency will now be overseen by the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office.

After a long discussion, fiscal court unanimously agreed to turn the control of Central Dispatch over to sheriff Donnie Tinnell.

Since Monday, dispatchers have not been able to gain access to the NCIC system. While the loss of access to criminal background checks means little to the safety and security of the county, it does pose major inconveniences to the law enforcement officers.

Mike Phillips, who oversees the dispatch, emergency medical services and emergency management for the county, said he felt the odds of receiving Kentucky State Police approval to run the full range of services back to Bullitt County would come sooner if the sheriff’s department was in charge.

Current dispatchers would remain county employees. Danny Thompson, a former Bullitt County police chief and a former chief deputy during Tinnell’s first term, has been hired to supervise the dispatch.

Other issues will be determined at a later date.

The county dispatch lost its privileges due to a list of seven infractions presented by the KSP last month.

The change is effective immediately.

See Monday’s Pioneer News for the whole story.