- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) - Two police dispatch centers in Derby and Rutland have been earmarked for closure in the coming days as part of a cost-cutting measure by the state.

WCAX-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1LPV6h7 ) emergency calls in those areas will be routed to Williston and Rockingham starting Wednesday. Dispatch centers will be staffed based on data showing peak hours for 911 calls.

Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn says the move uses taxpayers’ dollars “in a smart way.”

With dispatchers feeling outmatched, the town of Shelburne acquired new technology called Active 911 that is designed to help speed up incident response time.

Dispatcher James Mack says the new program allows operators to use a smartphone app to find closest responders to a scene faster than radio.

Derby and Rutland’s centers will close Sept. 15.


Information from: WCAX-TV, https://www.wcax.com

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