A blog about living in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

911 Calls to be Handled by County Sheriff's Office

The Aberdeen Township Council agenda for Tuesday 4 May 2010 includes Resolution No 2010-77, which gives the Mayor and Township Clerk permission to contract with the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office for 911 emergency services through the end of 2014. (It's unclear why we'd be negotiating a contract that began 1 January 2009.)

Presumably we're following Freehold Township's lead. Freehold sought tax savings last summer by having the Sheriff's Office 911 Communications Center take over their 911 calls and police dispatches, according to page 7 of the Monmouth Co Sheriff's Department's May-Sep 2009 newsletter. The newsletter said the county sheriff's office handles 911 calls for 44 towns and dispatches for 9 police departments and 33 fire and EMS crews.

The county claims that shared services can save a municipality lots of money. One government claimed to be saving over $600,000 annually because they switched to the county's shared service dispatch system. Check out Monmouth in Focus segment 1 and segment 2 for further information on the county's 911 service.


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