December 12, 2018  |  11:24 am

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith and Interim Covington Police Chief Stephen Culotta announced that beginning today (Dec. 12) all 911 calls made to Covington Police will be answered and handled by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Communications Division.

In an effort to improve efficiency and reduce the duplication of services, STPSO dispatchers, in addition to answering calls originating from unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, will now answer calls originating from inside the city limits of Covington. They will then dispatch as appropriate whether it be to a Covington Police unit, an STPSO patrol deputy, or to Covington Fire Department or Acadian Ambulance dispatch as required. 

The Sheriff's Office dispatchers already answer 911 calls originating from the city limits of Abita Springs, Madisonville, Folsom and Sun.

Consolidating dispatch services allows for a more seamless approach to policing parish-wide and quicker response times for our residents.  Additionally, combining these services allows for streamlined communication among our front-line law enforcement officers.