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DISPATCH FUNDING REQUEST DISCUSSED 7-16-14 LMS

Salmon City Councilman and Public Safety Team Chairman Ken Hill told the July 16 meeting of the Salmon City Council that the main topic at the teamís last meeting was County Sheriff Bowermanís request for city funds to help with Dispatch expenses.

Hill said those in attendance included City Police Chief KV Felker and Sergeant Terry Stratton. He said it has been stated before that the city budgets over $650,000 for law enforcement services, part of which benefit the county. Those county benefits include professional canine officer training provided by city officers as well as assistance in handling calls after midnight plus backup on numerous other calls. Hill said city officers take the lead on many drug investigations, assist in prisoner transfers and mental health related situations.

The teamís general consensus was that in view of the city Police Departmentís assistance to county law enforcement the $10,000 budgeted by the city for dispatch services along with an additional $4,000 for an information data base known as ILETS, the city contributes adequate compensation for the dispatch services provided by the county.

Hill said the Public Safety Team is looking towards a formal Dispatch agreement with the county in the near future.

The next meeting of the Public Safety Team is scheduled for August 13 at 5:15PM in the Salmon Valley Centerís meeting room. The public is invited to any and all city team meetings.
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