311 SYSTEM State Police Dropping Plans For Nonemergency Number
Reported by: Atish Baidya
Web Producer: Atish Baidya
Reported: Jan. 30, 2012 8:39 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 30, 2012 8:59 AM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
The West Virginia State Police has dropped plans for a statewide nonemergency number that the public could call to obtain information from law enforcement.
The agency asked the state Public Service Commission in November to give it exclusive use of the 311 dialing code. On Friday, the PSC approved the agency's request to withdraw its petition.
The plan drew criticism from various state agencies including the Kanawha County Commission and the Sheriff's Office. State Police officials said it decided to drop the request after learning the Federal Communications Commission intended the 311 code to be used for all nonemergency systems, including fire departments and ambulance services.
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