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POLL: Would you support a regional dispatch center for E911 calls?

The town of Foxborough recently received a $100,000 grant to study the possibility of a regional E911 dispatch center that would serve Foxborough, Walpole and Medfield.

The town of a $100,000 public safety grant to explore the creating one regional dispatch center for E911 calls for the towns of Foxborough, Walpole and Medfield. 

The town of Norwood is also thinking about joining the group. 

Officials told Foxborough Patch that the grant will fund a consultant who "can come in and make an objective assessment as to the benefits for all three of our communities.” 

Medfield Police Chief Bob Meaney said E911 dispatchers serve a "critical function" in public safety, and said a regional dispatch center would provide at least two dispatchers which would be a welcomed improvement over Medfield's one.

What do you think?  Are you in favor of regionalizing E911 calls with Walpole and Foxborough (and possibly Norwood)?  Take our poll and let us know.

Have more to say?  Tell us in the Comments.  

Will E July 17, 2012 at 08:47 PM
It would improve public safety services in town if we were able to take advantage of a professional dispatch center and to utilize dispatchers that were more highly trained and held to a higher standard that what we have now. Having our dispatching done in Foxborough seems somewhat distant but if more area towns were to join (Millis, Dover, etc) it should help improve mutual aid coordination. The problem is what to do with the Medfield police station - will there be no dispatcher / receptionist for people to see in person, or will the station be closed at night?

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