By Ginny LaRoe
Chattanooga Police Department officials said today is the first day the city’s 311 began handling animal services calls. Police officials said this will help cut down on the 911 call volume, since the majority of animal services calls people make in the city are made to 911.
Before today, the police department’s emergency call takers and dispatchers answered and dispatched all animal service calls. Police say many animal services calls are not emergencies.
Also, today a consultant from a California-based firm that will study the area’s 911 operations and recommend a unification plan met with local leaders.
The study is expected to be complete by August.
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