East Longmeadow and Hampden to combine emergency dispatch services

Hampden County

Funding is in place for East Longmeadow and Hampden to combine emergency dispatch services.

Both towns’ police chiefs told 22News that the proposal was approved by Hampden residents and East Longmeadow’s Town Council.

Under the new plan, East Longmeadow’s dispatcher would relocate to Hampden.

The combined services are expected to save money for both communities and the towns are expected to share all costs.

“I think it’s a pretty good idea if it’s going to save some money for the town,” Hampden resident Tom Kennedy said, saying that it’s “not like you’re sharing it with a town far away. So the dispatchers should know the streets and locations they are going to.”

The plan isn’t a done deal just yet; officials are close to finalizing the joint dispatch agreement. The plan is expected to go into effect late this summer.

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