South County’s three largest cities have agreed to jointly fund a study to determine the feasibility and benefits of combining police, fire-rescue and emergency 911 calls into a single dispatch center.
Boynton Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach have each agreed to pay one-third of the total cost — $18,000 each — to determine whether consolidation of dispatch services would improve service to residents of their three cities as well as reduce costs.
The six-month study will be conducted by RCC Consultants Inc. It will be completed in two phases, with needs assessment and evaluation of alternatives in phase one and conceptual design for a new dispatch center in phase two.
Once the study is complete, a report will be presented to each city with a transition plan and recommendations concerning equipment, staffing, financing and governing.
— Staff report