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Special meeting Tuesday to discuss possible joint dispatch center

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STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) -  Stevens Point’s Police and Fire Commission will discuss the possibility of having a joint dispatching center with Portage County today. It’s a concept that has been proposed by Portage County as a way to have all emergency services dispatched from one center while enhancing 9-1-1 capabilities and saving both the city and county money.

Mayor Andrew Halverson says there are several issues that need to be examined before a decision can be made, and the Commission will discuss many of them today.

The city and Portage County presently control their own dispatch centers across the street from each other. Along with the cost and efficiency issues, Halverson says they will have to have a clear understanding of how a joint center would operate.

The Mayor says there is a great deal at stake regardless whether they keep their own dispatch system or combine resources with Portage County. Halverson says they are still objectively reviewing it, and need to give the offer the due diligence it deserves.

Portage County Executive Patty Dreier and the Portage County Sheriff's Department support the concept of having a single dispatching system for all emergency services.  Dreier believes it makes sense by saving money and by improving their 9-1-1 enhancements together at the same time.

The Police & Fire Commission special meeting starts at 4:30 p.m.

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