Short Hills Association Opposes Outsourcing of Police Dispatching
Friday, August 17, 2012 • 11:05am
To the Editor:
The Short Hills Association opposes the outsourcing of Police Dispatching in Millburn Township because our town deserves the best policing possible. This is not a matter of saving money; the cost of local dispatching is nominal in comparison to the service provided. Outsourcing this vital service removes both community control and the dispatchers who know the streets, neighborhoods and expectations of the residents. The current system of dispatching involved years of Police Department effort directed to Millburn’s particular needs and problems. Local
dispatching engages our police officers and detectives closely with the people of Millburn. It is controlled by our township government and administration.
Police Chief Gregory Weber and the police force oppose outsourcing and Chief Weber questions the ultimate cost which is now a nominal amount per family. Police dispatching differs fundamentally from Fire dispatching which is far less frequent and often involves neighboring towns’ cooperation. We urge Millburn citizens to support Police Chief Weber by contacting the Township Committee. Millburn merits local police dispatching.
President, Short Hills Association