July 10, 1995

Sumner County’s first 9-1-1 dispatchers began training on July 10, 1995, but the 9-1-1 system had yet been completed by the end of their six months training. Dispatchers began performing dispatch duties for the Sheriff’s Office until the February 10, 1996 “go live” date when 9-1-1 was actually turned on and became available to the citizens.

Also in 1996, Pokemon was introduced to the world, and suspected “Unabomber” Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski was captured at his cabin in Montana. Raise your hand if you remember those!

This photo shows what a dispatcher’s workstation looked like in 1995. With advances in technology, dispatchers now have six computer screens they have to monitor.

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