Communication is key among first responders. But Brazos County constables say they're being left out of the loop.
At Tuesday's Brazos County Commissioners Court workshop, constables voiced concerns about not being dispatched to emergency calls.
They say it's affecting response time because it may take longer for sheriff's deputies to respond to a call than a constable who's in the area.
And without proper notification, lives could be put in danger.
"Our main concern is the safety of our officers. If we don't get notified by 911 dispatchers, who do our dispatching, we don't know what's going on, we're blind," said Pct. 3 Constable D.W. Wayne Thompson.
All Brazos County entities have agreed to work together to come up with a solution, so the closest law enforcement agency is dispatched.
"I've never been too worried about who gets the credit as law enforcement. Let's take care of what we've got to take care of in the most judicious way we possibly can," said Brazos County Judge Randy Sims.
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