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Brawley PD gets $25,000 to upgrade dispatch center

May 09, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — The "sister cities" are working together to improve.

The City Council here voted unanimously to provide $25,000 to the Brawley Police Department to upgrade its dispatch center.

The Brawley department offers emergency dispatching services to Calipatria and Westmorland.

Brawley police Lt. Henry Graham went before the council here Tuesday and asked for the aid.

Graham plans to upgrade the outdated dispatching unit, in place since 1979.

He told the Calipatria council the city of Brawley had already allotted $218,000 for the new dispatch center.

"It's the sister cities that have to watch out for themselves," said Graham.

Calipatria has been receiving dispatching services from Brawley for 30 years.

The dispatching service was free until about five years ago. This year Calipatria is paying $15,000 to Brawley for the service.

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Calipatria police officers recently have been having problems communicating because of the low elevation of the city. The new dispatch service will include repeaters in Calipatria to prevent any such communication problems.

Westmorland agreed about three weeks ago to pay $25,000 for the upgrade.

Calipatria will provide the money from a California Law Enforcement and Equipment Procurement grant.

Graham said, "Hopefully by the end of the summer, we'll all have a new dispatch center."

Later in the meeting, Mayor Fred Beltran made three proclamations.

The first was to proclaim May as Veteran Appreciation Month. The proclamation included an encouragement to all local business to provide employment to male and female veterans.

The second proclamation was Public Works Week from May 20-26.

"Public works services provided in our community are an integral part of our citizens everyday lives," said Beltran.

The third was to proclaim May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, part of the National Police Week from May 13-19.

"You have to honor these guys," said Beltran, also police chief of Westmorland.

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