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Goffstown panel looks at expanding dispatch center

GOFFSTOWN — Growth could be coming to the town’s dispatch center.

Town Administrator Adam Jacobs said some communities have reached out about the possibility of contracting with the dispatch center at the Goffstown Police Department.

“We have begun to receive inquiries from towns that are not currently part of our communications agreements network here for dispatching services,” he said.

St. Anselm College’s campus safety department and three police departments now dispatch through Goffstown — Dunbarton, New Boston and Weare. Goffstown also dispatches for the New Boston and Weare fire departments and the town’s own police and fire departments.

With the current size of the dispatch center located in the police station as well as the staffing numbers, it’s not feasible at the moment to add more towns, Jacobs said.

A new subcommittee will get together in the near future to discuss the next steps they want to take.

Depending on how big officials want the dispatch center to get in terms of contracted towns will determine the needed size of the actual dispatch center and staffing requirements.

Additional towns would also mean additional revenue.

Last year, the dispatching fees were expected to bring in a little over $87,000 in revenue for the town.

“I think everybody has identified this as a good source of revenue for the town,” Jacobs said.

The first meeting will be held internally in the coming months with Jacobs, Police Chief Robert Browne, Fire Chief Richard O’Brien, the dispatch supervisor and the lieutenant from the police department who assists with that, and the IT staff from the town.

From there, they will look into possibly adding members to the committee from the contracted communities, such as the other police chiefs.

“That’s all after we have an internal meeting, anyways,” Browne said.

A report card will also be sent out to the contracting towns to gauge their thoughts on the services so far.

“That way when we sit down and talk to them we have a good idea of what they’re looking for,” said Selectman Peter Georgantas.

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