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Updated: 04/20/2013 08:00:02AM

Let’s merge county, city 911 dispatch centers

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Bob Daniels

Bob Daniels

By Bob Daniels,

Vice Mayor, Venice

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The Venice City Council has discussed the Venice Police Dispatch Department over the past two years. Two years ago, I asked some Sarasota County Commissioners to review land in Venice for a possible new Sarasota County 911 building.

Unfortunately, Venice had too many flood zone areas to get the FEMA grant money for a new Sarasota County 911 emergency center. Next, I started a review of our Venice Police Dispatch cost and found that Venice has had problems filling positions, running high overtime costs, and having the potential of high risk errors with two calls versus one call having to be made to the 911 responders.

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