History of 911

In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice issued a report recommending that all police departments have a single number that should eventually be used nationwide. On February 16, 1968, the first 911 call was placed by Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite.

In 1973, The Federal Communications Commission recommended that 911 be implemented nationwide. Over the next few years, communities across the nation began implementing their own 911 systems, including Broward County.

‚ÄčOver the years, the County continued to grow, the need for a consolidated approach to local 911 was clear. Effective October 1, 2014, the County Commission launched a new Regional 911 system.