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Wyckoff explores police dispatch affiliation with county


Wyckoff explores police dispatch affiliation with county
October 24, 2014    Last updated: Friday, October 24, 2014, 12:58 AM
By Rebecca Greene
Correspondent |
Wyckoff Suburban News

Wyckoff – Township police are closing their dispatch center and expect to outsource dispatch operations to Bergen County beginning in 2015 – this, after Midland Park announced in the summer it would not renew its contract with the township for dispatch services, ending a 15-year relationship.

“This is for full dispatching similar to the service we have been providing to Midland Park,” Police Chief Benjamin Fox in a telephone interview. “Safety and efficiency for all Wyckoff emergency services has been considered, as well as the ability to deliver these services to the residents of the community in a manner as we have in the past.”

Fox said township officials have considered the cost effectiveness of making such a change. An agreement between Wyckoff and the Bergen County Public Safety Operations Center in Mahwah is under attorney review. Fox said additional information would be forthcoming.

The township will officially end its dispatch service to Midland Park on Dec. 31, when the communities’ current $1.29 million five-year contract expires.

Township officials said it offered Midland Park a new five-year contract that started at $260,000 the first year with a 3 percent increases for each succeeding year. The proposal was $20,000 less than the current five-year contract which was executed in 2010 at $280,000 and increased 3.5 percent each year.

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