Lodi Police Dispatchers going to Bergen County?
Posted in the Lodi Forum
#1 Oct 4, 2010
After reading a recent article published in the Record. This article does not make sense, "Itís costing us now over $300,000 to run it. Theyíre asking for $200,000 to do the service. Itís a savings of at least $100,000," said Luna.
Somehow the figures do not add up. Taking approx. amounts from public records, salaries alone for dispatchers is closer to $500.000.00 per year, adding medical benefit costs of about $100.800.00 per year which equals about $600,000.00 per year to run the room and this does not include the maintaining of equipment, or the overtime generated by the lack of manpower. So, again Mr. Luna's fiqures do not seem correct.
What Mr. Luna is NOT telling us is what the actual cost of all the equipment changes that are needed to transfer these 7 dispatchers to Bergen County, the radios,(Lodi Police, Lodi Fire, Lodi Ambulance, Lodi DPW) the computers,(In House CAD System) the cameras (Building,Traffic, Parks), the telephone systems, enough manpower to cover the hours required, What Bergen County Dispatcher will be able to give out breaks, lunches etc. one who actually has a true knowledge of Lodi & it's Police Officers? What assurance does the Lodi Resident have that these changes will NOT effect our security and safety, not to mention the Officers safety on the road? Who will pay for this changeover to Bergen County? As Mr. Luna states "The dispatcher will know immediately where that vehicle is," GPS system alone does not save lives, a GOOD experienced Dispatcher knows exactly where their Officers are at any given time.
Now for the maybe truth about this change. The equipment that is now in the communication room is antiquated, and needs to be replaced. The cost is not shown, nor mentioned and the Borough of Lodi does not want the added expense of updating the room. Take as an example, if the cost of updating the equipment is a ONE TIME cost of $500,000.00, our cost to Bergen County to provide this service will be $200,000.00 PER YEAR. Mr. Luna does not tell us how many years Bergen County will do the Lodi Police/Fire/EMS/DPW Dispatching. Even with a Five (5) year agreement the cost will be ONE MILLION DOLLARS or more. Mr. Luna also states that Lodi will have a savings of at least $100,000.00 per year, and the savings to Lodi over the same five year period will amount to only $500,000.00.
With some Bergen County employees facing possible layoffs, why would Bergen County agree to take on 7 more employees, keeping them at their current pay rate, at the approx. cost of $600,000.00 per year? Is Lodi going to terminate these 7 dispatchers, and is Bergen County going to hire them at a lower pay rate? Who is going to be responsible for the 7 Dispatchers
Medical/Dental/Prescription/Pe nsion Benefits, Lodi or Bergen County?
What other Municipalities/Boroughs have already made this transition?
"Theyíre overlapping services. Letís have it all under one roof," said Luna. With this quote, lets just turn the entire Borough of Lodi over to Bergen County to "have it ALL under one roof, and see if the rest of your family and friends get hired there!!!
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