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Emergency Communication Networks

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

911 Program


The Minnesota statewide 911 program provides immediate access from all telephones to critical public safety services. The 911 program has been administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety since 2003. It provides:
  • Technical assistance to the cities and counties implementing, maintaining and improving 911 systems
  • Oversight of system standards
  • Collection of a statewide fee which is deposited into the 911 Special Revenue Fund 
The 911 Special Revenue Fund is used for:
  • Statewide 911 program
  • Wireline telephone company costs to connect to the 911 network
  • 911 public safety answering point (PSAP) equipment and dispatch proficiency expenses
  • Debt service on the revenue bonds sold to construct the ARMER system, ARMER backbone maintenance and operation costs
  • Minnesota’s interoperability program
  • Statewide Emergency Communications Board (SECB)