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Oceanport Cancels Shared Police Dispatch Service With WLB

OCEANPORT: The borough police will no longer be participating in a shared dispatch services agreement with the West Long Branch Police Department.

Mayor Michael Mahon said the borough will now be sharing dispatch services with the county at a lower cost.

“The borough has kept its eyes open to save additional tax dollars through shared services,” Mahon said. “While our shared service with West Long Branch has been been practical and effective, the opportunity to go with the county dispatch is something the borough has kept its eyes on.”

Mahon said it originally cost the borough $330,000 to run its own dispatch services and that the total was reduced to $150,000 when it shared the service with the West Long Branch Police.

The new county shared dispatch service will cost about $90,000 once the 9-1-1 county services are also rolled into the agreement.

“We absolutely had to take advantage of that,” Mahon said. “There is continued pressure to stay under the municipal tax levy cap so we are taking a look at any shared or existing services.”

Oceanport began the shared services agreement with West Long Branch in April 2011, cutting dispatch service costs for each borough by about 50 percent for a joint savings of what would be $1.3 million over the initial 5-year term.

The agreement established a single dispatch center in West Long Branch which provided public safety communications for the two departments working together on a single frequency. A backup communications console was also set up in Oceanport that could also be used for local emergency operations.

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