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HUDSON, OH (August 14, 2019) – New regulations are making it more expensive to operate small, independent dispatch centers in compliance with various regulatory agency mandates. Over the past few years, Hudson has explored options to regionalize or combine centers that would comply with new regulations, while at the same time be cost effective.
Currently, the Hudson dispatch center equipment is 17 years old and is scheduled to be updated. “Our dispatch equipment is a workhorse that has served us over the years and continues to function well providing dispatch services to our community,” said Police Chief Perry Tabak. “As we make plans to replace it in the next few years, we need to consider the future of dispatch centers, changing technology, and how we can continue to provide quality services while meeting the changing regulatory requirements.”
After investigating various options, Chief Tabak presented three dispatch center models to City Council at Tuesday’s Workshop for consideration:
Chief Tabak recommended moving toward a virtual dispatch center with Bath Township. Benefits of a virtual center include:
Council agreed that the virtual dispatch center concept should be considered in the 5-Year Plan that will be acted on by Council later this year.