- Published on Saturday, 02 June 2012 16:14
- Written by James Troiano, Former HIgh Springs Police Chief
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The issue surrounding the use of the CCC is summed up in one word “safety.” The former center was unsafe and needed immediate change as it did not have the technology to manage the calls for service and was woefully understaffed. Unless this commission spends hundreds of thousands of new tax dollars on hiring the staffing necessary to have two dispatchers on a shift at all times, as well as a dispatch manager, overhauling the technology and equipment in the center, and training all of the dispatchers and certain officers on the new dispatcher law, the city is once again going to have a liability ridden, unsafe, and dysfunctional “backwoods” dispatch center servicing the community. The CCC is the safest, cheapest and most proven method of operation. Why spend unnecessary additional funding that will never equal the services currently offered by the CCC? Any new funds should go toward hiring additional officers, firefighters and public works employees.
Unfortunately, using the CCC required the city to change certain street addresses in the downtown part of the city. This is due to duplications in addressing where some emergency calls for High Springs are being sent to Gainesville and calls for Gainesville being sent to High Springs. These calls continue to cause unnecessary delays in receiving medical and law enforcement assistance. They need to be changed immediately.
I was not in favor of eliminating our dispatch center; however, when the commission could not afford to make the needed changes, I had no other alternative but to go with the CCC. The use of the CCC is endorsed by the officers, sergeants and staff employees at the HSPD, as well as every law enforcement and communication professional that I know in this area.
Please do not be fooled by inaccuracies and propaganda being drummed up by Ginger Travers, Steve Holley, Jeri Langman and Commissioners Barnas, Davis and Gestrin (these are the same three commissioners who have made some of the most devastating and destructive changes to the city.) Call City Hall today and tell your commissioners that you want to keep the CCC and that you support your public safety officer’s adamant request to have the best, most cost effective level of service. Your life and the safety of your public safety officers dependl on it.