Ada County Dispatch Center

Employees work at the Ada County Dispatch Center in Meridian.

Ada County residents are now able to text 911 when they need help during an emergency. The 911 texting service has been a work in progress since summer 2017, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office; it went into effect last week.

Officials said texting isn't ideal — they still prefer a phone call — but it is now available through major phone service providers Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. You can read our full story here at, or pick up Saturday's Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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