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Dec. 3, 2010

New Joint Emergency Communications Center helps police locate 911 caller
A recent 911 call demonstrated the effectiveness of the enhanced cooperation between the new Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center (JECC), the UI Police Communications Center, Iowa City Police and University of Iowa Police.
On Dec. 1, a caller reported being assaulted in a vehicle that was traveling through the Iowa City area. The agencies -- using the new radio, phone, dispatch and mobile computer systems being implemented -- were able to quickly exchange information and locate the victim.
The caller, a UI student, originally reported being assaulted at a UI apartment but was traveling in her car with a boyfriend from out of town. As UI Police searched areas on campus and the JECC was issuing alerts to area law enforcement, an Iowa City officer recognized the car and pulled the vehicle over.
As a result, UI Police arrested Ryan Peter Finn, 22, of Blauvelt, N.Y., for false imprisonment, harassment first degree, assault causing injury and obstruction of emergency communications. He was transported to the Johnson County Jail.
“This is an example of how critical communication is when an emergency occurs in our community,” said David Visin, associate director of UI Public Safety and emergency communications lead.

Prior to the establishment of the JECC, law enforcement operated three different dispatch centers and used two incompatible radio systems. Now all law emergency services will be on one system and dispatch operations are run out of the JECC and linked to all area law enforcement agencies. The UI Emergency Communications Center cooperates closely with the JECC and provides backup operations.  

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: David Visin, UI Police, 319-335-5027,; Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,