Published: 2:57 pm, Thu. Dec. 8th, 2016Updated: 2:55 pm
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety is closing two dispatch centers and laying off 11 dispatchers as it moves toward a more streamlined system for handling emergency calls.
KRQE-TV reports a communications center in Alamogordo will close Feb. 3, 2017, and one in Roswell will close in April 2017. Calls that would have gone to those two centers will be routed to Las Cruces. Las Cruces is one of three regional dispatch hubs that will eventually be able to handle all radio and telephone traffic for DPS agencies statewide.
Officials say the hubs, located in Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Las Cruces will have updated dispatch systems that can field calls and send them to units anywhere in the state.