FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2023
For more information, contact:
Williams County Administrator
Phone: 701-577-4547 (office)
Upper Missouri River Regional Dispatch Center transitioning to Williams County Dispatch Center
WILLISTON, N.D. (August 2, 2023): During their August 1, 2023, regular meeting, the Williams County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted in favor of assuming full responsibility for the countywide dispatch center, known as the Upper Missouri River Regional Dispatch Center (UMRRDC), effective September 1, 2023.
Day-to-day business of the Dispatch Center will be unaffected by the administrative changes. Williams County and the City of Williston have partnered to operate and fund UMRRDC since its formation in April 2018. Beginning in September 2023, the City of Williston will no longer provide funding towards dispatch operations and staff will become County employees.
Countywide dispatch, also known as a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), is staffed with trained professionals, telecommunicators, who are responsible for responding to 911 emergency calls and non-emergency calls. Telecommunicators are trained to dispatch appropriate agencies, support callers while gathering additional information from the scene, and assist responding agency personnel.