- Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 8:31 am
It appears while a Connecticut State Police pilot program attempting to regionalize related dispatching operations is being scrapped (see related story, “State Police Call-Taking/Dispatching To Return To Southbury”), a legislative effort to force communities like Newtown to regionalize emergency communications systems is still very much alive.
- Friday, September 19, 2014
The Board of Selectmen September 15 agreed to pursue the possibility of eventually creating a regional emergency dispatch center in Newtown, or possibly consolidating into a regional facility in Danbury. As a result of that consensus, the board has effectively rejected pursuing regional dispatch partnerships with nonprofit, civilian operated centers in Prospect and Torrington.
- Thursday, September 4, 2014
After months of research and analysis, a former and current Legislative Council member, who stressed they were not working for the council, recommended to the Board of Selectmen last month that the town go forward and determine “the best path” for joining a regional emergency dispatch system. In making their recommendation, Jeff Capeci and Neil Chaudhary emphasized that the town could potentially save 30 percent of the $1.03 million it now spends by consolidating Newtown’s dispatch services with the operations of a regional service in Torrington.
- Thursday, July 31, 2014
Fire officials are expressing a range of concerns about a proposal to shift the town's radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc, at Route 68 in Prospect, which is about 25 miles away.
- Saturday, April 12, 2014
The Newtown Police Union opposes a town proposal that would have municipal emergency radio dispatching for 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls regionalized at a privately owned dispatching center in Prospect.
The town has proposed regionalization as a cost-savings measure which would reduce spending by approximately $149,000 annually.