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Who You Gonna Call?
by Joshua H. Silavent
Aug 16, 2011 | 2332 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Police dispatcher Laraine Taylor takes a call Monday afternoon at the Central Dispatch Center off Parr Boulevard in Reno.City and county officials hope to have an agreement in place by December to combine dispatch services for the Reno Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Police dispatcher Laraine Taylor takes a call Monday afternoon at the Central Dispatch Center off Parr Boulevard in Reno.City and county officials hope to have an agreement in place by December to combine dispatch services for the Reno Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
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RENO — Officials spearheading a plan to consolidate emergency dispatch services between the Reno Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office hope to have an interlocal agreement in place to do so by December.

Sparks is participating in the discussions but the city’s involvement in the proposed merger remains undetermined.

Undersheriff Todd Vinger told the Shared Services Elected Officials Committee on Monday that merging the two dispatch services into a single-facility operation would help boost performance and lower costs.

“It helps us cap costs for the future,” Vinger said of the proposal.

The consolidation is not expected to produce additional layoffs.

Officials expect to produce better coordination and quicker response times to police and fire emergencies once the merger is complete.

A governance board would likely be formed as part of any cooperative agreement between Reno and Washoe County, Vinger said.

In addition, the plan calls for introducing new technology to the dispatch system that could improve response times and help save lives.

“The world is changing …” Vinger said. “We’ve got to change with it.”

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