Police departments consolidating dispatch centers

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It’s unclear what the total savings of consolidation will be, but the elimination of six positions is expected to save nearly 0,000, according to a memo from the Tucson Police and Tucson Fire’s Communications Administration.City and department officials started talking about consolidation early last year, studying other models and holding meetings to discuss potential changes and concerns in what they say is one of the largest projects the departments have undertaken together.A plan to transfer Winnetka's 911 dispatch service to the village of Glenview, along with those of Kenilworth, Northfield, and Glencoe, has moved forward, now that all four communities have officially directed their staff to begin negotiations with Glenview. A plan to transfer Winnetka's 911 dispatch service to the village of Glenview, along with those of Kenilworth, Northfield, and Glencoe, has moved forward, now that all four communities have officially directed their staff to begin negotiations with Glenview. (Kathy Routliffe)"The law says if your population is under 25,000 you must consolidate," Sliozis said."When (the apartment buildings) are full that gets 700 more people into our jurisdiction and the population will be 25,031.

The dispatcher will have the ability to send a Kenilworth officer to the lobby, or provide other assistance through the service kiosk.The consolidation will result in a reduction in hours the front desk is staffed and where 911 calls are answered.The four communities will be utilizing the Village of Glenview’s Consolidated Dispatch Center but calls will still be personally answered for each Village Kenilworth Police Department administrative personnel will answer the administrative phones and be available for walk in guests at the police front desk Monday through Friday from a.m. All other hours, the administrative phone calls will automatically forward to the consolidated dispatch center.No such effort was ever directed at our dispatch centers.But right now, in 2012, we are living through a unique nexus of financial imperatives and technological breakthroughs, a nexus that demands the same kind of initiatives for 9-1-1 communications centers as we previously spent on wildfire management.

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