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But Wood River Police Chief Otis Steward said dispatchers’ jobs extend beyond simply directing police officers or firefighters to locations.
In Wood River, dispatchers also monitor prisoners in the city’s jail, enter warrants and more.
The equipment, including computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems and geographic information system (GIS) mapping, is paid for by the 911 phone surcharge.
The Madison County Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB) submitted a waiver asking for an additional year past the July 1, 2017 deadline for consolidation to be completed.
“(Dispatching) probably accounts for five percent of what they do,” Steward said.
“So, we are not going to give up our dispatch to somewhere else, so when a citizen comes into our police department we have no one sitting there.
Craig Welch and East Alton Chief Darren Carlton are among those who have also expressed an unwillingness to part with dispatchers in the event they lose their PSAP in consolidation — the effort would actually result in an increase in personnel costs.
On whom that added cost would fall is among the questions local leaders have asked of state personnel, with little clarity.