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
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.