Tag: 911

Police plan Neighborhood Watch program reboot during National Night Out

The Arkansas City Police Department has begun efforts to re-establish Neighborhood Watch chapters across the city. There currently are no formal Neighborhood Watch groups in existence in Ark City, although the program was thriving many years ago. ACPD is attempting to jumpstart the program back to life in conjunction with its […]

Officials urge fireworks safety by citizens; sales, discharge begin June 27

Starting today, fireworks are legal for sale and discharge within the city limits of Arkansas City. The sale and discharge of fireworks are permitted from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through July 3, as well as from 10 a.m. to midnight July 4. City officials urge citizens again at […]

Commission tables ordinance that licenses tree trimmers for second time

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted for the second time June 20 to table an ordinance that would alter Arkansas City Municipal Code to require tree trimmers to have a license. This ordinance had been tabled once before for further examination. It first was discussed June 6. The commissioners […]

Mixed bag: Ward reports higher crime in 2016, but some positives as well

The Arkansas City Police Department experienced some growing pains in 2016. During an Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce-led Noon Networking Luncheon on June 15, Police Chief Dan Ward shared 2016 crime statistics with those in attendance. “Crime went up,” Ward said. “Our number-one problem in this community is methamphetamine.” […]

Process for replacement of Fortner outlined; Florida investigation found

Cowley County will start the interview process soon for a new director of Cowley County Emergency Communications (CCEC). This position was left open when former director Carl Fortner resigned April 20. Interviews for his replacement will begin Monday, according to County Administrator Lucas Goff. CCEC and Fortner, who was hired […]

Fortner resigns as Cowley County Emergency Communications director

Cowley County Emergency Communications (CCEC) Director Carl Fortner no longer is employed by the county after he tendered his resignation Thursday, according to County Administrator Lucas Goff. “The Emergency Communications Department provides a valuable service for the citizens and response agencies of the communities, and Cowley County is dedicated to […]

HIPAA interpretation leads to incomplete information in police CAD calls

The Cowley County consolidated 911 dispatch center came under scrutiny during a recent meeting of the City Commission of Arkansas City. After the meeting, Ark City Daily Bytes requested and inspected numerous emails, spanning more than a year and a half, from local government officials in order to verify claims […]

Disagreement over 911 control, ECAB raises federal compliance concerns

The Cowley County consolidated 911 dispatch center came under scrutiny during a recent meeting of the City Commission of Arkansas City. After the meeting, Ark City Daily Bytes requested and inspected numerous emails, spanning more than a year and a half, from local government officials in order to verify claims […]

Response from Cowley Emergency Communications Director Carl Fortner

Cowley County Emergency Communications Director Carl Fortner recently responded, with online comments, to a pair of stories published in Ark City Daily Bytes. Because some readers might already have read the stories before he posted his comments, we decided to reprint them as a separate story so his concerns would […]

EMS removal from ECAB, sub-committee formation raise questions

The Cowley County consolidated 911 dispatch center came under scrutiny during a recent meeting of the City Commission of Arkansas City. After the meeting, Ark City Daily Bytes requested and inspected numerous emails, spinning more than a year and a half, from local government officials in order to verify claims […]