The Emergency Communications Department is the Public Safety Answering Point for Barrow County including the Cities of Auburn, Statham, and Winder and the towns of Bethlehem and Carl. The agency receives all emergency 911 calls. The agency also provides dispatch services to Barrow County Sheriff, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Auburn Police, Statham and Winder Police Departments, and Winder Fire Department. The agency is funded through the Barrow County General Fund and the Emergency Telephone System Fund as authorized by O.C.G.A 46-5-133 and by a county resolution imposing a monthly telephone subscriber surcharge of $1.50 per telephone line, including landline, post-paid wireless, prepaid wireless, and VOIP subscribers. The fees are collected by the Georgia Department of Revenue and deposited into the Barrow County Emergency Telephone System Fund monthly. The funds are restricted by O.C.G.A. 46-5-134 and can only be used for costs associated with the operation of the county-wide Public Safety Answering Point.

Department Stats

  • Full-Time Employees: 25
  • FY 2021 Budget: $1,693,923