New dispatch center

The City of Brentwood plans to open its own police dispatch center instead of continuing its contract with the City of Antioch.

The unanimous decision by the Brentwood City Council last week came after Brentwood Police Chief Mark Evenson explained the shared center is strained by the increase in both cities’ populations and number of emergency calls and crime, leading to compromised services for Brentwood residents and officers. Brentwood has contracted with Antioch for dispatch services for about 20 years.

“This is not about (the Antioch Police dispatchers),” Evenson said. “They have been doing great work with limited resources for a long time. This is about a dispatch service center that has been strained because of increasing demands in call loads, population and crime, and them not having the resources financially or personnel to adequately address those things.”


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