Dearborn to dispatch Melvindale's 911 calls
Starting Thursday, Melvindale police will merge its dispatch services with Dearborn putting some 100,000-plus residents of the two Wayne County suburbs under one system.
Emergency calls will go to the Dearborn Dispatch Center and service won't be interrupted, Melvindale Police Department said in a statement on its Facebook page. While 911 calls will go to Dearborn, non-emergency calls to the department's front desk will still come in through the department's main number at (313) 429-1070.
The switch is projected to save Melvindale roughly $200,000 per year, said Lt. Dan Jones of the Melvindale Police Department. Rather than have a sergeant work dispatch after the department's normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Jones said that sergeant will be able to join three officers on the road. And if someone calls in sick, rather than paying someone else overtime, they'd still have the staffing to have three cars on the road.
The shifting of police dispatch services to Dearborn follows a shift of fire dispatch services to Dearborn five years ago. Melvindale believes that that streamlined system, with 911 calls going directly to the Dearborn dispatch rather than to Melvindale and being transferred over, saves critical time in emergency situations.
No statistics were immediately available on how many 911 police calls Melvindale handles every year.
Dearborn Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.