The Lake Gaston Association hosted five sheriffs from all of the surrounding lake counties on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at its monthly meeting at Lake Gaston Baptist Church.

Each Sheriff was asked to give an overview of their county’s law enforcement and how Lake Gaston residents are affected.

Sheriff Johnny Williams of Warren County, N.C., was the first to present. He thanked the other sheriffs for their partnership and reflected on his 24 years of service as sheriff.

Williams noted that it is important for citizens to speak up. If citizens don’t speak up, it’s hard for us to help, Williams said about the sheriff’s ability to serve the community. If you do say something, us five gentleman will come together and we’re going to listen to the best of our ability.

Sheriff Brian Roberts of Brunswick County talked about the creation and action of the LKG 911 Task Force and announced the future inception of the Next Generation 911 program.

The NG911 program will enhance the message from the public through text messages, voice, video, photos to and through the 911 network, eventually going directly to first responders, according to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Roberts made a jarring statement about a personal test he conducted of the 911 service in his county last year.

“I placed 24 cellular 911 calls in my county going from the eastern corridor towards the western corridor, starting at Pea Hill Creek and working my way to Tanglewood Shores in Mecklenburg County,” he said. “Four of those 24 calls went to my 911 center and 20 of them went to the state of North Carolina.”

An audience member asked if it made a difference to call 911 from a landline.

“It’s not that simple,” Roberts responded.

According to Roberts, a traditional landline coming from a telephone pole has a good chance of going to the right location, but with Wifi and Ethernet phone services, there is no telling.

To read the entire article pick up the Sept. 1, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.