Dispatchers Ask Millburn-Short Hills Residents to Say No

This letter represents the Millburn Police dispatchers.

The Millburn Police dispatchers submitted the following to ask residents to attend the Oct. 9 Township Committee meeting to voice their opinions. :

Did you know?

  • That effective January 1, 2013 the Town Management of Millburn/Short Hills wants to outsource your Police, First Aid, and 911 Dispatch services to the Township of Livingston.
  • That increasing Livingston Dispatch call volume and workload, without an increase of manpower, could negatively affect your Police, First Aid and 911 services.
  • By eliminating Millburn/Short Hills Dispatch services; you increase the chance of having a closed Police Department building after working hours, on weekends and holidays. This may also cut the availability to walk in freely and seek help with requests or inquiries.
  • That this issue is being discussed at a regular Township Committee Meeting during the month of September.
  • It is our firm belief that the services provided by the Millburn Police Dispatch employees should be performed here in Millburn/Short Hills, for the direct benefit of the residents/businesses of Millburn/Short Hills, and not by another Township. We are concerned that terminating the Millburn positions and adding their duties to another Township’s already busy workload could create problems. Do you really want to put a price on your Public Safety and Emergency Services?
  • In support of your dispatch services, The Millburn Police Benevolent Association wrote a letter of concern to the Chief of Police, addressing the issues of outsourcing dispatch. Their letter as well as other related articles discussing this issue are available online in “The Millburn Patch” and “The Item of Millburn/Short Hills”.

We hope you will join us in our fight to keep your Police Dispatch, First Aid, and 911 Services right here where they belong…in Millburn/Short Hills. If you agree with us, kindly sign our petition online at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-millburn-short-hills-dispatch-services/.

Should you have any questions, you may email us at savemillburnshorthills911@gmail.com

You can also “like” us on our Facebook page, “Save Millburn/Short Hills Dispatch Services”

SupportFAS September 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Recently I spoke with a friend who serves on the Millburn Short Hills First Aid Squad. I was disappointed to hear that the first their organization learned of this plan to send dispatch to Livingston was through local media outlets. This all volunteer group of dedicated citizens is on call 24 hours a day to serve our residents. That their input was not sought on how such a merger might affect their ability to serve our town is very disturbing. I understand the Mayor established a subcommittee consisting of Tom McDermott and Ted Bourke. Knowing both men I am beyond disappointed that they did not see fit to include our first aiders. This is further reason to doubt this plan was thoughtfully constructed. This is a black eye to this mayor and entire committtee. You have not served your constituents well. The police chief has voiced his reservations. From what I've seen perhaps we should heed his warnings. Challenging economic times call for cost cutting but we can not voice faith in these public servants to prudently deliver.
William Eisner September 12, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I fully support our police and their efforts to keep dispatch services here - not Livingston. Unfortunately, the route they've chosen, i-Petition, asks for a "voluntary" donation through PayPal yet makes a donation of at least $2 mandatory to submit a signature and any supportive comments.
Support MPD September 12, 2012 at 02:28 PM
you don't have to donate anything.. I just went past that screen..
Deidre September 12, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Let's keep services in our town! Email and call our committee members and demand they end this nonsense! We elected them and we can choose to unelect them next term! http://www.twp.millburn.nj.us/town-govt/committee-members.html
Deidre September 12, 2012 at 02:39 PM
William, you can by pass the donation screen. It is just ipetitions asking for a donation to help their service they provide not the dispatchers! Please help support this issue!
millresident September 12, 2012 at 07:47 PM
The squads members should be at the October 9th meeting along with township residents!


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