That's pretty out of date Tina. Jerry Hall the Director has retired and Dennis Blake is sitting in jail in Florida awaiting trial on pedophilia charges. The consolidation only made sense as it was ridiculous to have so many different dspatch locations throughout the county at taxpayer expense. I'm not as thrilled by the "technology" in the new system. In my years in law enforcement and the volunteer fire service before that it was my experience that is was usually the best sales pitch that got the contract and not necessarily the best option. This pertained to virtually all equipment including cars, firearms and electronics. Many times decision makers must rely on information given to them by the sales reps. and people with vested interests. I don't know that this is the case at Central Alarm but the stories I hear come from some reliable sources..
I in no way question the good intentions of Kelley and the others on the board. What I do feel strongly about is the fact that if police and fire agencies have to deal with a settling in period where dispatchers are learning their jobs, it could cost lives. It should have been fully staffed, fully trained and fully operational before going online.
Edited by Oldgoat, 27 April 2015 - 10:24 AM.