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Town considers joining regional dispatch network

As it weighs the merits of regional dispatch, the town is halting plans to allow the sheriff's department to take over dispatch


By Alan Pollock
The Cape Cod Chronicle 

CHATHAM, Mass. — Though voters were ready to hand the keys over to the county sheriff when it comes to fire department dispatching, selectmen are putting the brakes on the plan. In the next few months, they want to see whether a competing regional police-and-fire dispatch plan gains traction.

Last Wednesday, Chatham joined the ranks of Harwich and around a dozen other Cape towns in supporting the study of a countywide regional center for dispatching fire and police departments, under the jurisdiction of a municipally based governing board. The letter supports a state grant application to be filed in March seeking funds to develop a conceptual plan for the regional dispatch center.

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