OSHP to centralize dispatch

Published 1:23 pm Friday, January 16, 2009

JACKSON — Next month the six dispatch locations for the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Jackson District will be consolidated to a centralized center in Jackson.

The uniform staff will stay at the individual posts; the only personnel to be transferred will be the dispatchers who work for the communications department of the patrol.

“When someone contacts the post, it will ring in at Jackson and be dispatched from Jackson,” Lt. Mark Thompson, Jackson Post commander, said.

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“We have moved the Chillicothe dispatchers. They started working out of here in September. There was remodeling to accommodate all the dispatchers. The final phase will be in February.”

There will be no elimination of personnel, according to a press release.

“It is to be more efficient to utilize the technology,” Thompson said. “… to give better service for the public. It is a cost savings.”

The posts affected are at Athens, Gallipolis, Jackson, Ironton, Chillicothe and Portsmouth.

“I think closer to the time of actual consolidation I think the local posts will notify the communities with more local information,” Thompson said.