The Village of Oak Lawn is proud to announce that the Board will soon be voting on an intergovernmental agreement to begin Police Department dispatch services for the Village of Hodgkins. Their Governing Body voted this week to consolidate dispatch services with Oak Lawn under a multi-year intergovernmental agreement.
Emergency Communications Director Diane Tousignant said, “We are very excited about this partnership and are ready to go to work for the Village of Hodgkins and their residents.” Mayor Bury added, “ I would like to thank Mayor Cummings and their Trustees for choosing Oak Lawn’s professional Dispatch services for their community. When communities share resources everyone wins, especially the taxpayers.”
Village Manager Larry Deetjen said, “We’re honored to receive the support from the Village of Hodgkins elected officials and their fine police department. Oak Lawn’s goal will be to provide their residents and their businesses alike with the very best emergency services.”
In 2015 The General Assembly and Governor enacted Public Act 99-6 that created new requirements for the State and for communities/authorities deliverying 9-1-1 services. The Illinois State Police became responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing a uniform statewide 9-1-l system outside of Chicago. Respect for technological advancement and its cost during a difficult economic downturn led the charge for better efficiency and emergency communications by directing planned consolidation. Municipal jurisdictions under 25,000 in population have been directed to join existing regional systems like Oak Lawn which already serves the Village; Burbank; Evergreen Park; Bridgeview; Bedford Park ; and Central Stickney Fire District. Oak Lawn welcomes other logical dispatch partners where economies of scale and public safety enhancement can be identified in keeping with the intent of the new legislation.