At Monday’s meeting of the Erath County commissioners, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) recognized the 25-year partnership between its Regional 9-1-1 Emergency Number Program and the Erath County Sheriff’s Office.

The program has implemented enhanced 911 service that offers automatic number identification, providing the telephone number of the caller; automatic location identification, which provides the call taker with the address for the caller; and/or selective routing, which makes it possible for calls from a large area be routed automatically to the proper jurisdiction.

“Passage of HB 911 in 1987 requested Texas’ regional planning councils (COGs) to undertake 9-1-1 planning and implementation activities on behalf of their local governments,” the NCTCOG website states. “After two years of planning, coordinating system design, and general preparation, implementation of Enhanced 9-1-1 was completed in January 1992.”

The NCTCOG 911 program provides its services for Erath County, Collin County, Dallas County, Ellis County, Hood County, Hunt County, Johnson County, Kaufman County, Navarro County, Palo Pinto County, Parker County, Rockwall County, Somervell County and Wise County.

“We appreciate all the hard work and effort that goes into the sheriff’s department and the 911 operations,” County Judge Tab Thompson said.

The sheriff’s office was presented with a plaque for the partnership.