Racine County Joint Dispatch Services

Type of Jurisdictions Involved

City
County
Village

 

Specific Jurisdictions Involved

  • Racine County;
  • City of Caledonia;
  • Village of Sturtevant;
  • Village of Mt. Pleasant;
  • Village of Wind Point;
  • Village of North Bay;
  • Village of Elmwood Park

 

 

County

Racine

 

Region

Southeastern

 

Type of Agreement

Consolidation of Services

 

Implementation and Incubation

  • Joint dispatch had been a contentious issue facing local officials for decades preceding joint service consolidation in September of 2010
  • Meetings held in 2009 and 2010 to discuss specific of a potential joint dispatch consolidation
  • Modeled after Rock County joint dispatch plan
  • Approved by all municipalities involved, after issues of clerical duties and other logistics worked out

 

Factors Involved

  • Desire and belief that joint dispatch will improve the delivery of emergency services while reducing the overall cost to area taxpayers
  • Hopeful reductions in costs of personnel/staffing and equipment
  • Improvements in services include reduction in communication gaps and a more efficiency, coordinated emergency response 
  • Joint, consolidated dispatch system seen as solution to aging dispatch systems in smaller communities

 

Benefits

  • Elimination of the need to transfer emergency calls between agencies, thus improving emergency response
  • Efficiency, coordinated response

 

 

Results

  • Joint dispatch center a county department run by a civilian director
  • Operations out of Racine County's Communication Center
  • Communications Center governed by Board of representatives from participating municipalities
  • Established fee structure for participating municipalities

Related Documents:
Journal Times May 27, 2010 Summary of Consolidation
Exhibit A: Terms and Conditions of Operation
Exhibit B - Terms and Conditions of Couny Hiring of Participating Municipalities Employees
Exhibit C - Dispatchers and Supervisors Currently Employed in Municipal Dispatch Centers
Exhibit D - Agreement Regarding Use by Joint Dispatch of City of Racine Communications Center as Back-Up Facility
Exhibit E - Municipal Payments to Racine County for Dispatch Services
Exhibit F - Agreed Staffing of Joint Dispatch
 
 

 

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