March 14, 2009 Boston Herald Article

13 Essex County communities to get new 911 center

By Associated Press
Saturday, March 14, 2009


BOSTON — Thirteen Essex County cities and towns are getting a new regional emergency 911 dispatch center.

Under a recently announced plan, the center is scheduled to be operational within a year and a half.

The call center, funded by about $7 million from the Patrick administration, will serve approximately 215,000 people in communities such as Danvers, Methuen, North Andover, and Beverly.

Existing dispatch centers in each of the participating communities would be closed and consolidated into the new center, to be located near the county jail in Middleton.

Not everyone is convinced of the new center’s merits.

North Andover police chief Richard Stanley tells The Eagle Tribune of Lawrence that he’s skeptical the high level of service in his town can be maintained.

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