Communities join together to form central public safety dispatch

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Lincoln Park Mayor Frank Vaslo (left) attended the Wyandotte City Council meeting Monday to support the council’s passage of the Downriver Central Dispatch interlocal agreement. The DCD enhances public safety between those two cities and Southgate through the sharing of technology and information resources. Vaslo is joined by Wyandotte Detective Lt. Bob Heck (second from left), Wyandotte Police Chief Daniel Grant, Southgate Lt. Scott Hayes and Southgate Mayor Joseph Kuspa.

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WYANDOTTE – The city will join with Southgate and Lincoln Park in an interlocal agreement for a shared Downriver Central Dispatch.

The City Council approved a resolution Monday allowing Mayor Joseph Peterson to sign the agreement. Officials anticipate a July 1 operational start-up.

Officials say the DCD enhances public safety through the sharing of technology and information resources. It also centralizes the dispatch of public safety resources.

The plan was endorsed by Wyandotte officials Todd Drysdale, director of financial and administrative services, Police Chief Daniel Grant and Fire Chief Michael MacDonald.

DCD, a joint 911 emergency response service, will be housed in the new Wyandotte Police Station at 2015 Biddle south of Ford Avenue.

Operating costs are shared among the participants on a pro-rated basis, determined by each city’s 911 call volume and their U.S. Census established population.

In addition to realizing cost savings through economies of scale, the DCD hopes to enhance public safety through the sharing of technology and information resources. The new system also will support centralized dispatch of public safety resources.

The agreement calls for a 10-year duration, unless extended by the group’s board of directors or dissolved by a majority vote of the members.

Based on estimated call volume and population, officials estimate that Wyandotte will save about $135,000 a year. $60,000 of the savings will come from supervisory reimbursement, and a $10,000 utility and space reimbursement.

Wyandotte estimates it receives about 20,000 calls through 911 annually. Lincoln Park receives about 24,000 a year, while Southgate receives about 23,000. “In my opinion it’s the most aggressive consolidation we’ve seen between communities in the Downriver area in our existence, and something that’s been talked about through various communities throughout the years, and certainly the farthest along we’ve gotten with the project,” Grant said. “We actually have a signed agreement for the various cities. With the Downriver there’s a history of working together for various projects.

“It will really improve on our services while cutting our costs, and we see a tremendous duplication of services throughout the Downriver communities.

“I think with this aggressive plan … will be a benefit to all the communities.”