Police Seek Business Emergency Contact Information

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At 8:41 p.m. Aug. 11, the Payson Police Department received an alarm call from a business on Green Valley Parkway.

When officers arrived, it was determined a side door had been breached, and no one was around.

The contact person for the business that the police department had on file, however, was incorrect, and officers were unable to locate anyone from the business that night.

At 10:07 p.m. Aug. 23, a front door of a business on Stover Road had been opened.

Payson Police Commander Don Engler said officers woke up a resident that night who was no longer the contact person for the business.

Engler said these are just two examples of why the Payson Police and Fire departments are in the process of updating local business information for their new computer aided dispatch/ records management system.

Engler said the departments are trying to get the information in place by the time the new system is in operation, which is scheduled for the first of the year.

"What we are trying to do is get good information on the new system that hopefully will go in place by January 2007," he said.

The Payson police commander said having this information on file could enable officers to discover burglaries more easily.

He said some of the contact information the police and fire departments have on record are several years old.

"We definitely have been trying to stay updated for years, but managers' names have changed," he said. "They may have gone through a few different managers in that time frame."

The new system along with mobile data computers for emergency vehicles is a $1.4 million project approved by the voters in September 2003.

The police and fire departments are asking businesses to provide them with some information, including whether the building has an alarm or a janitorial service.

On the emergency contact information form (on page 8A of the Roundup print edition), the police department is asking for a primary contact person and keyholder as well as a second and third contact person and or keyholder for the business or company.

The information can be returned to the Payson Police Department, the Payson Water Department drop box, Payson Fire Department and the Payson Roundup.

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