A computer failure has crippled the emergency dispatch center for the Brentwood and Antioch area.
Oakland’s 911center has undergone a $750,000 upgrade in technology and equipment. The center, which receives an estimated 1,500 calls a day, now meets current standards and improves communications between the public and police.
Police dispatch tapes show officers didn’t immediately respond to a Berkeley man’s nonemergency call about an intruder before the homeowner was bludgeoned to death with a ceramic pot.
The computer-aided dispatch system utilized by San Francisco’s police and fire departments went down unexpectedly on Thursday.
While the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is trying to get more cabs on the streets during peak hours, the supervisors are trying to rid the street of renegade cabs that are operating without a license.
Wait times are dropping and more Californians placing 911 cellular telephone calls are getting through to operators.