9/4/2012 12:38:00 PM Dodge County Commissioners
County to explore possible dispatch merger
By Tara Lindquist
Andy Terry a project consultant with a company called SEH presented the Dodge County commissioners with on the regional PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) Study.
Dodge County along with 11 others counties in the southern Minnesota participated in a study investigating the possibility of a joint regional dispatch for Southeast Minnesota. There were two, three and four regional dispatch center approaches that were studied and assessed if there were cost savings, economies of scale, improved communications opportunities and interoperability issues. It is now up to the regional group to determine the next steps, one being each individual county investigating their best individual alternatives. The study as funded by a $25,000 grant from the State of Minnesota.
"The level of service is the number one concern of every county that participated in the study" Terry explained. "Followed by the potential cost savings to the county." If there were to be a merger of dispatch centers, they would no longer be run by local sheriff's department but rather by a joint powers board. "From what I understand, there are a third of the counties that are thinking about a possible merger, a third are not but have considered being a host regional dispatch location and a third of the counties are not thinking about merging.