Montrose, CO – The City of Montrose and emergency service providers from around the Montrose region are diligently moving forward with plans to establish the Western Colorado Regional Dispatch Center (WCRDC). Participants in the Center, to be located in downtown Montrose, plan to be fully operational within the next 18 months.
The partnership among public safety agencies in the region will provide the foundation for a dispatch center that offers each agency, both large and small, a genuine voice and formal vote in the operation and management of the WCRDC.
“We are very excited about the relationships that have been created as we have explored the opportunity for the new Center,” said City Manager Bill Bell. “The agreements that we have reached with partner agencies are a very positive beginning to what we believe will be a responsive, open, and user-focused operation.”
Long-term financial and operational stability is a key driver for creating the WCRDC. Intergovernmental agreements between the partner agencies include provisions for shared, high-level decision making regarding equipment, staffing, budget, and distribution of costs among agencies based on their ability to pay.
“High-quality dispatch services are a vital part of ensuring public safety,” Bell noted. “A true regional center directed by public safety professionals from each agency provides an ideal model for responding to and correcting any operational issues that arise.”
Montrose Mayor David Romero is optimistic about the Center’s future. “The City Council and I are confident that the new Center will provide exceptional service, not just to the public, but also to the organizations that work with it on a daily basis,” he said.
The City of Montrose will use existing monies in a utility enterprise fund to pay start-up costs for the WCRDC. These funds will be repaid over time using revenues from the City’s General Fund, without imposing any new taxes or assessments on Montrose residents.
“From the Montrose PD’s perspective, we are anxious to get the Center up and running, but we also want to be sure that we get it right,” said Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn. “Building it from scratch gives us and our counterparts the opportunity to staff it, equip it, and run it in the most effective way possible.”
About the Montrose Police Department and the City of Montrose
The Montrose Police Department, under the direction of Chief Tom Chinn, employs 38 sworn officers, with a total of 57 employees. The Administrative Support Division, managed by Commander Keith Caddy, includes investigations and civilian support staff positions. The Patrol Division, managed by Commander Gene Lillard, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of traffic, patrol, internal affairs, and initial investigations.
For information about the Montrose PD, visit CityofMontrose.org/Police. Follow the PD on Facebook.com/MontrosePoliceDepartment.
For information about the City of Montrose, visit cityofmontrose.org. Follow the City on Facebook (facebook.com/cityofmontroseco) and Twitter (@montrosegov). City Hall is located at 433 South First Street in downtown Montrose and may be reached at 970- 240-1400. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m