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Sandy Hook responders oppose regionalized dispatch center

Providers say the change would sacrifice ‘autonomy and community familiarity’Responders and dispatchers say the change would sacrifice ‘autonomy and community familiarity’

By Nanci G. Hutson

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Regionalized emergency dispatch is a hot-button issue in town -- and likely to get hotter -- after two volunteers charged with researching the idea found it can increase public safety and cost savings.

But town leaders and the volunteer researchers agree there’s no need to rush a decision.

Former Legislative Council Chairman Jeff Capeci and council member Neil Chaudharywere charged by the Board of Selectmen almost a year ago to investigate regionalized emergency dispatch.

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