Emergency & Customer Communications

The Department of Emergency and Customer Communications (DECC) ensures the effective delivery of routine and emergency calls for service to the City of Alexandria public safety departments.

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    NPST Week 350x280National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is an annual recognition dedicated to raising appreciation and awareness of hard-working public safety call takers and dispatchers across the country. The Department of Emergency & Customer Communications (DECC) employs 35 telecommunicators who dispatch for Alexandria Police, Fire and EMS. Our Public Safety Telecommunicators are the “first of the first responders” — the first point of contact for people responding to emergencies, and the first point of contact for those seeking emergency services, ranging from persons dealing with intense personal crisis to community-wide disasters like the COVID-19 pandemic.  

    In 2019, DECC handled more than 500,000 combined calls and service requests, and 70,000 of those calls were for 911 emergency services. The City’s public safety telecommunicators are committed and dedicated to helping every caller through any emergency, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For these dedicated professionals, their customers’ worst day is their workday.

  • Alex311 Logo 370x370ALEX 311 IS HERE!
    On Monday, February 24th, ALEX 311 officially launched! The new 311 Initiative marks a major milestone for DECC. It's our departments mission and commitment to meet customers where they are and make government services more accessible. With this new initiative, it is our hope that customers fully embrace the new digital options for submitting service requests and seeking information on city services and programs within the City of Alexandria. ALEX 311 gives customers an easier way to interact and connect to more than 175 City services, whether via online, mobile app, social media or by calling 311. Read more about 311.

    I personally want to extend my THANKS to ALL the hard-working staff across the City who have been involved in making this launch a success.

    Congratulations and thank you for all your efforts! 
    ~Director Renee Gordon  

  • TEXT TO 911 Text to 911 transparent
    Text-to-911 is available in Alexandria. Text-to-911 is a great option for people who have difficulty speaking, are deaf, hard of hearing, or in a situation where speaking to a 911 professional via phone is not possible or dangerous. Remember, CALL IF YOU CAN, TEXT IF YOU CANT. One of our well-trained communications officers are here to help.  However, we would still prefer that callers call when they can, and text when it is nearly impossible to call.  Learn More

  • SMART 911 
    The City of Alexandria urges all residents to sign up for the Free Smart 911 service that provides our Emergency Responders with vital information. With Smart 911, anytime you make an emergency call from a phone registered with your Safety Profile, our 911 system recognizes your phone number and automatically displays your profile on the screen of the dispatcher who receives your call. Your Safety Profile can contain important information such as your physical addresses, medical conditions, medications, vehicles, pets and even emergency contacts. Plan ahead for any emergency by creating a Smart 911 profile today. 

    In 2019, the department received 3 commendations, six actual complaints, and twelve notification of possible complaints.
    • 3 commendation (two from citizens, and 1 from the Chief of police)
    • 18 complaints (6 from citizen, 2 from officers, and 10 from service agencies) 

Our Mission and VisionOur Mission and Vision

The Department of Emergency and Customer Communications (DECC) is the Public Safety Answering Point for all emergency services – law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services – within the City of Alexandria.  The mission of the Department of Emergency and Customer Communications is to provide a safe and secure environment  by facilitating Police, Fire and Medical Dispatch, to preserve and protect lives  and property of all persons living in and visiting the City of Alexandria.  Learn More

Who We AreWho We Are

The Department of Emergency and Customer Communications is composed of 60 seasoned, professional staff who operate in the following areas: 911 Dispatch, Non-Emergency, Customer Call Center and City Radio Manager. Learn More

Our Core Values

Professionalism, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Respect, Dignity, Pride, Partnership and Accountability. Learn More.