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Marion County Sheriff's Office IN
Thursday October 22nd, 2015 :: 12:44 p.m. EDT


Text to 911 Now Available in Marion County


October 22, 2015


Text to 911 Now Available in Marion County


Sheriff John Layton is pleased to announce that Text to 911 is now available in Marion County. After nearly a year of system upgrades and testing, the Marion County Sheriff’s 911 Center, one of the busiest 911 centers in the country, is one of the very first 911 Centers of its size to implement Text to 911. The service is available to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless users.


Sheriff John Layton commented, “The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is a nation-wide leader among 911 Centers, and this giant technological advancement is a great example of that leadership. I am grateful to the 911 Center telecommunicators and staff for their continued commitment to their evolving job responsibilities, and our partners in public safety, who have helped implement this advancement. Our top priority is the safety of Marion County residents, and this makes it easier for residents to contact 911 in their emergencies. I’m very proud of this accomplishment.”


Marion County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Colonel Bart McAtee, Commander of the Communications Division, has a few tips for using Text to 911:


·         “Call if you can, text if you must”; citizens should use the texting option for 911 only when calling is not an option.

·         The first text message should always include clear location information and the nature of the emergency.

·         Text abbreviations and slang should never be used.

·         Citizens should only text 911 for emergency situations that require an immediate response for police, fire or medical assistance.



Marion County Sheriff's Office IN
40 South Alabama Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 317-327-1700

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