The City of Albany Face 911 Dispatch Shortages

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The City of Albany is in need of 911 dispatchers. Officials say they are in need of the same staffing challenges as public safety departments across the country.

Halloween weekend is one of the busiest of the year for emergency calls. We reached out to see if there are any concerns and how they are recruiting more workers.

Steve Smith, Public Information Officer for The Albany Police Department sent us a statement.

" All 911 calls continue to be answered thanks to our partnership with the New York State Police and Albany County Sheriff. We are currently training seven new dispatchers who will begin field training next week."

Smith says the department is currently reviewing 40 new applications and will bring in two new classes of dispatchers in December and February.

They are encouraging anyone who is interested to apply.