In January of 1985, we opened our doors as one of the first 911 communications centers in the State of South Carolina; dispatching calls for Columbia Police Department and Columbia Fire Department. The Center then had four positions with a staff of 24 employees.
In July of 1999, the Communications Center, through efforts of the City of Columbia and Richland County, became a merged City/County Communications Center. With much support, and a true spirit of cooperation, both law enforcement agencies worked in concert with communications staff and was able to establish a unified law enforcement dispatching procedures. These new procedures included both agencies adopting a unified ten code and signal list. The initiative made communications for communications personnel and law enforcement officers easier.