Miami Twp. takes step to move police dispatch services to Kettering

Miami Twp. takes step to move police dispatch services to Kettering
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MIAMI TWP., Montgomery County — Miami Twp. trustees voted 2 to 1 to approve a resolution to move the township’s emergency dispatch services from Montgomery County’s Regional Dispatch Center to the Kettering dispatch center.

The agreement must still be approved by Kettering City Council at an upcoming city council meeting.

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If passed, the move will save Miami Twp. $110,000 in the first year, according to Miami Twp. Administrator Ronald Hess.

If both Kettering and Miami Twp. agree to the move, the township will notify the Emergency Communications Preparedness Center, which oversees the regional dispatch center, about its plan to leave the services of the Regional Dispatch Center.

The change would be implemented on Jan. 1, 2022, if approved, Hess said.

The resolution comes about four months after trustees voted to enter into a feasibility study to see if it would make sense for the township to leave the regional dispatch center to create a joint dispatch center with several Montgomery County suburbs.

The study includes police departments from Kettering, Centerville, Moraine, West Carrollton and Miami Twp., according to a June resolution.

Miami Twp. is the only police agency in the group currently serviced by the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. Kettering and Moraine each have its own dispatch centers. Centerville and West Carrollton currently operate a joint dispatch center.