Vernon Hills finalizes deal to handle Lincolnshire 911 calls
Pioneer Press staff report July 23, 2013 7:58PM
Countryside Fire Telecommunicator Dan Tatro, left, trains rookie Wes Dawson on the skills needed to run the calls at the Vernon Hills Police Department. The two groups share a dispatch agreement. | Rob Dicker ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 23, 2013 6:15PM
Vernon Hills finalized deal this month with Lincolnshire to handle its emergency dispatch services.
Officials say the move is expected to save Lincolnshire more than $1.5 million in costs over five years and give officers additional access to wireless technology in the field.
“I believe it will be more efficient for both communities that we are combining resources,” Vernon Hills Deputy Police Chief Jon Petrillo said. “I believe that we are going to have an exceptional product delivered to Lincolnshire.”
A dispatch center at the Vernon Hills police department is scheduled to begin answering 911 and nonemergency calls for Lincolnshire police Oct. 1. The center already handles calls for Libertyville and the Countryside Fire Protection District.
Under a five-agreement, Lincolnshire will cover roughly $139,000 in upfront capital costs, including software licensing fees.
Lincolnshire will pay Vernon Hills monthly payments that total $272,320 for the first year, with subsequent totals increasing 3 percent annually.
Lincolnshire Police Chief Peter Kinsey said officers will be able to write police reports in their squad cars as opposed to filing them in the station.
“It will enhance us technology-wise tremendously,” Kinsey said.