County Sheriff’s Office Receives $1.22 Million Grant for Dispatch Center

Sheriff James Cummings

Sheriff James Cummings

BOSTON – The state’s Executive Office of Public Safety awarded a $1.22 million grant Wednesday to the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office to expand the capability of the emergency regional dispatch center in Bourne.

Sheriff James Cummings office received notification of the award in a letter from Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral.

The funding will be disbursed in three parts with set parameters by the state.

The largest portion, or $891,394, will be for architectural and engineering services which will be followed by $208,908 for professional services and the last portion is $119,485 for project management.

An expanded center would allow for regional police and fire departments to opt in to the dispatch center and eliminate their stand-alone centers.

Cummings has three goals for the project which include installing additional 911 call-in points, further consolidation of emergency and medical dispatch and re-routing wireless 911 calls to the dispatch center instead of going to the State Police first.
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