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Benton County Commissioners Support Dispatch Merge

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Benton County commissioners are taking another step closer to developing a regional emergency dispatch service.

A regional dispatch center merging Benton and Franklin County services has been in talks for years, but it could be a reality by next year.

In the meantime, Benton County commissioners sent a letter to regional city leaders supporting Pasco police leasing space on the Benton County dispatch radio that is more up-to-date.

This would allow the surrounding agencies to better communicate while local officials wait on the state to assess consolidating the 911 systems.

"Communication would be so much clearer and more efficient when it comes down to activity going on between Benton and Franklin Counties. We continue to work with one another but unfortunately the radio systems we have to switch to different radios or radio frequencies," said Shon Small, Benton County Commissioner.

Friday, Benton County commissioners sent a letter to Tri-City officials seeking their approval for a regional dispatch service.

If they all approve, a company will prepare a business plan for the merger.

Commissioner Small said they hope to have the regional dispatch system running in the first half of next year and Pasco police rent radio space in the time being.