Cape May County dispatch

Cape May County launched a centralized dispatch center in June that so far accommodates Lower Township, Avalon and Stone Harbor.

LOWER TOWNSHIP — Cape May County will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for the new county central dispatch center and the renovated Lower Township Public Safety Building.

The joint building at the Cape May County Airport houses the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management, the central dispatch center and the Lower Township Police and Rescue Squad.

The ribbon-cutting will be at 11 a.m. and will include a tour of the facility.

The project was a joint effort by the county and the township and saved both entities nearly $3 million because they renovated an existing building instead of building new ones.

The county launched its central dispatch system over the summer.

Avalon, Lower Township and Stone Harbor have signed up as part of the new system, and county officials say they are close to securing two or three more towns to join after the start of the new year.

The goal will be to eventually get all 16 towns in the county to sign up.

The center has seven operational dispatch stations, but there is room to expand to 26, according to previous press reports.

The system is compatible with the 700 MHz Public Safety Spectrum, to which some county municipalities upgraded for dispatch, and the older “trunked” radio system, which other towns still use.

It also includes Next-Gen 911, which allows people to text their emergency.

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