Raimondo reacts to school safety, 911 funding

NBC 10's Dan Jaehnig speaks to Gov. Gina Raimondo about various topics in the Ocean State in the latest segment of Connect to Capitol. (WJAR)

Gov. Gina Raimondo responded to questions about staffing at the E-911 center and the diversion of 911 fees on NBC 10’s Connect to the Capitol segment, saying the E-911 center is fully funded and four new telecommunicators have been hired to replace some of those who’ve retired or resigned in recent months.

“The 911 system is well-funded and is working to keep Rhode Islanders safe,” Raimondo said. “The budget I have submitted fully funds [E-911]. We’ve actually added staff.”

When NBC 10's Dan Jaehnig asked about the callers who were placed on hold, Raimondo said, “That’s something we have to work on, absolutely.”

State Rep. Bob Lancia, a Republican who represents Cranston, visited the E-911 center in Scituate last month at the request of employees there who told him they’re at the end of their rope.

“They are overworked. They are stressed out,” Lancia told the NBC 10 I-Team. “Worst of all, if there was an actual emergency, they are not manned enough to handle it."

Meanwhile, Lancia has introduced a bill to restrict 911 fees to public safety, instead of diverting the money to the General Fund, and another bill aimed at increasing staffing at the E-911 center.

"This has got to stop,” Lancia said.

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