The Campbell County Dispatching Board was created by an inter-local agreement between the Campbell County Fiscal Court, the City of Newport and the City of Fort Thomas in 2001. Prior to the merger the cities of Newport and Fort Thomas provided Enhanced 911 (E-911) service through their police departments, Campbell County provided E-911 service to the remainder of the county through the Campbell County Police Department, charging a fee directly to the cities that utilized the service.
The Campbell County Consolidated Dispatch Board was created by the three entities that merged their services. Specifically, the Police Chiefs’ of Campbell County, Ft. Thomas and Newport, the Fire Chiefs’ of Ft. Thomas and Newport with an additional fire chief appointed by the County. Later it was learned that to comply with the rules of LINK/NCIC an organization like ours must have a majority of sworn law enforcement personnel. Therefore; an additional law enforcement spot was added and rotate in two-year increments across the three agencies.
The center was constructed in the lower level of the Newport City Building and went into service July 1, 2002.
The dispatch center is funded primarily through a service fee placed on each occupancy within Campbell County, residential or business. Additional revenue is received through the State Commercial Mobile Radio Service Board (CMRS) by virtue of a surcharge fee that the State places on wireless phones.