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On the Same Frequency: North Tonawanda, County Officials, NT PBA to Announce Details fo Dispatch Deal Friday

Author: Christian Peck/Friday, July 21, 2017/Categories: General

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NORTH TONAWANDA—Niagara County and North Tonawanda elected leaders and public safety officials will be joined by the North Tonawanda police union at a joint press conference Friday morning to discuss the details of a five-year deal that modifies the county’s dispatch system based on input from North Tonawanda police.


The deal establishes a five-year pact that requires the county to operate a separate dispatch channel for the North Tonawanda Police. A Memorandum of Agreement between the city and the PBA established concessions in the PBA contract to be used toward the cost of maintaining a separate channel on the county radio system for North Tonawanda. A separate intermunicipal agreement between the city and county will establish that channel. All parties involved in the negotiations will be on-hand at City Hall Friday at 10 a.m. to discuss details of the dispatch agreement.


The agreement—brokered by Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, Sheriff James R. Voutour, city leaders, and the PBA—requires the county to hire three full-time and four part-time dispatchers to monitor a separate radio frequency to be used by police in the city of 31,000. The county took over dispatch duties from NT in 2012.


“Our taxpayers in North Tonawanda deserve a direct return on their investment in public safety, and this ensures that,” Bradt said. “Our county dispatch relies state-of-the-art technology, but this ensures it is being used in a manner that best protects the residents of NT and our local law enforcement officers.”


Alderman-at-Large Jeff Glatz, R-North Tonawanda, also deeply involved in the negotiations, said the development was welcome.


“We had two goals: to protect the lives of our citizens and the lives of our police officers,” Glatz said. “This agreement does both. It ensures quick response times in a densely-populated city, while relying on our county to provide a direct benefit to city taxpayers that help fund our Sheriff’s Office.”



WHO:  Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, Legislator Rich Andres, R-North Tonawanda, Mayor Arthur G. Pappas, R-North Tonawanda, Alderman-at-Large Jeff Glatz, R-North Tonawanda, members of the North Tonawanda Common Council, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour, North Tonawanda Police Chief Roger Zgolak, North Tonawanda PBA President  Daryl Truty.


WHAT:  Announcing details of city-county police dispatch agreement.


WHEN:  Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m.                                         


WHERE:  North Tonawanda City Hall, 216 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.


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