Report supports dispatch service consolidation

GETTING THE CALL: A report from Brown University’s Taubman Center recommends consolidating municipal 911 services across Rhode Island. Above, a 911 dispatcher works at the Scituate call center. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
GETTING THE CALL: A report from Brown University’s Taubman Center recommends consolidating municipal 911 services across Rhode Island. Above, a 911 dispatcher works at the Scituate call center. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Rhode Island boasts 39 cities and towns and 72 separate public-safety dispatches within its 1,200 square miles. For some, the state’s intimate scale and small municipal entities are a source of pride. For others, regret. For years, consolidating local-government functions has been a mantra among reformers looking to lower public-sector costs, even if most of…

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