W.Va. State Police wants nonemergency call system

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia State Police wants to establish a statewide nonemergency number that the public could call to obtain information from law enforcement.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/u86Jqt ) reports that the agency has asked the Public Service Commission to give it exclusive use of the 311 dialing code. In an August filing, the agency proposes directing all 311 calls to the nearest State Police office.

The 911 code would continue to be available for emergencies.

PSC staff members have questioned the proposal. In a Sept. 2 filing, they say county governments and municipalities couldn't use the 311 code if a statewide agency is allowed to use it. The PSC already has approved Parkersburg's use of the 311 code.

The State Police says Parkersburg isn't using the 311 code.

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