911 Communications

Durango / La Plata Emergency Communications Center

The public is urged to use the non-emergency number for all but true emergency situations.

The Durango / La Plata Emergency Communications Center provides 24-hour service to the public and user agencies by receiving and relaying information and coordinating communications between agencies by radio, telephone, and computer for both emergency and non-emergency situations.

When a 9-1-1 call comes into the center, with its distinctive ring, everyone is made aware that someone is calling for immediate help. This call for help may be the only call that can literally save a life and may also involve four or five different agencies that need immediate dispatching.

The La Plata County 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone Service Association has submitted an application to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for approval to increase the monthly surcharge for 9-1-1 services from seventy cents ($.70) to one dollar and thirty cents ($1.30).  Please click on the following link to view the Public Notice and for more information: Public Notice 9-1-1 Surcharge Increase (PDF)


The Durango / La Plata Emergency Communications Center dispatches for the following agencies:

Other service agencies the center notifies:

  • Alternative Horizons
  • Bomb Expert Team
  • Coroner
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team
  • Detox
  • Disaster Emergency Services
  • Durango / La Plata County Airport
  • Hilltop House
  • La Plata County Road and Bridge
  • Mounted Rangers
  • Probation
  • Public Works / Streets and Plows
  • Rape Crisis Team
  • Search and Rescue 
  • Southwest Mental Health
  • Swat Team, Sheriff's Office
  • Tactical Team, Police Department
  • Towing Services
  • Victim Services
  • Youth Services