Culver City Observer -

Proposal to Close Police and Fire Dispatch Center Is Delayed


March 10, 2016

Ron Peterson

An agenda item to close the Culver City Police and Dispatch Center and contract services with the South Bay Regional Public Communications Authority has been pulled from the March 14 city council agenda.

The request from Police and fire is to approve a five-year contract with the South Bay Regional Public Communications Authority to provide emergency dispatch, vehicle build and radio maintenance services to the Culver City Police and Fire Departments.

Ron Peterson

These services are currently performed by City staff.Many of the staff members in the dispatch center have been with the city for decades and the item was cancelled due to negotiations with the city employees bargaining units according to City Clerk Martin Cole.

Cole stated he had not yet received instructions to reagendize the item.

According to their website the SBRPCA (also referred to as the "RCC" for Regional Communications Center) is a joint powers authority currently owned by the Cities of Gardena, Hawthorne and Manhattan Beach while also providing communications services under contract to the cities of El Segundo and Hermosa Beach.

The RCC processes approximately 250,000 police and fire incidents annually in the Southern California region commonly referred to as the "South Bay."

There is no indication the RCC provides any services for Westside cities.


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