Fairfax Police Department Begins Dispatching for Ross Police

911 calls from Ross will now be answered in downtown Fairfax.


The  will now answer all emergency calls made from Ross. 

The Fairfax Police Department officially took over the dispatching services for the Ross Police Department on Tuesday. 

The Marin Community College District Police to provide dispatching services, which will begin after the district’s current contract with the San Anselmo Police Department expires at the end of June. 

Ross police officers will share the Fairfax Police radio channel and be dispatched by Fairfax dispatchers. The Fairfax Police Department, in downtown Fairfax, houses a 24-hour emergency 911 dispatch center and front counter that is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

“We are very proud that we are able to provide full service dispatching of our own officers and welcome the addition of the Ross Police Department,” said Fairfax Police Chief Chris Morin in a statement.

Fairfax is one of only five dispatch centers in Marin, and the only one that is open to the public 24 hours a day for walk-in assistance, according to police officials. 

The Ross Police Department has been dispatched by several agencies over the past 30 years. In the 1970s Ross police were dispatched by the Marin Sheriff’s Department. In the late 1980s to early 1990s Fairfax provided the service. In the mid 1990s San Anselmo took over and then it went back to the Sheriff’s Department in the early 2000s.

Ross Police Chief Erik Masterson chose Fairfax as his new dispatch center as he believed that Fairfax best suited the needs of his department and community, according to Fairfax police officials.

“The change will be seamless to Ross residents, merchants and visitors,” Morin said.

Ross officers will be on duty around the clock responding to calls received in the Fairfax Police station and dispatched to them in the field in Ross. 

Sierra Salin June 27, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I long for the day when we can dispatch all police departments, and have a department of peace/sustainability in their place. In the meantime, go out and talk with and get to know the folks in "law enforcement" wherever you live, and include them as a part of the community, working for and with us. Walk into the dispatch office at Fairfax Town Hall, or wherever you live, and say hi. It is too easy for folks in law "enforcement" to forget that not everyone is out to get "them," etc, and it is too easy for the rest of us to forget sometimes, that cops, judges, etc, are regular people too. May the spirit of the "law" be more important than the "letter" of the law, and may our laws become based more upon the laws and flows of nature, than on the laws of profit and empire, and may we tear down most of our prisons and instead fund education.....


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