Sheriff's 911 Center Offline

Deputies and dispatchers had to pack up and move to a CHP facility a few miles away

Dispatchers with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department had to move to another location overnight because a power or equipment failure knocked out their communications center.

San Diego police and other agencies jumped in to cover 911 calls after 11 p.m. Wednesday when deputies reported their 911 facility was unable to dispatch units and receive incoming calls.

Dispatchers packed up the facility at 5555 Overland Avenue in Kearny Mesa and moved to the CHP Transportation Center on Opportunity Road a few miles away.

The Overland Avenue facility has computers back, but dispatchers are working more because there are fewer of them.

Instead of covering one area, like Encinitas, a dispatcher is covering several deputies said.

Engineers were checking on equipment Thursday to figure out why the so called uninterrupted power source was interrupted.

The facility literally has a switch that they flip to send calls to San Diego police said Lt. Phil Brust with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies say they were fully operational in the temporary location and that there was never a slower response time due to their power being out.

"We go back to the old ways where we talk on the radios and we write things down because we don't have those consuls because obviously the power was down," Brust said.

The department's website was also down until approximately 6 a.m. Thursday.

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