SUNRISE, Fla. — Quirks in a Florida city’s 911 system hampered law enforcement’s response to February’s mass shooting at a high school.
That’s the position of Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chair of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission that is investigating the shooting that left 17 dead.
Parkland gets police service from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and fire from the neighboring city of Coral Springs. Cellular 911 calls from Parkland go to Coral Springs. Those that are for police are transferred to Broward County’s 911 center. Almost all calls from Stoneman Douglas were from cellphones, which had to be transferred, adding about 30 seconds before each one reached a dispatcher.
The commission will finish a three-day monthly meeting Thursday with a discussion of Florida’s mental health and gun laws.
By TERRY SPENCER and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press