Rumford may reduce dispatching hours


RUMFORD – The Rumford Police Department has proposed a budget cut by scaling back on the hours it does its own dispatching, Chief Stacy Carter said Wednesday.

The center, which dispatches from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, might change its hours to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days a week, Carter said.

During the off hours, the Oxford County Regional Communications Center would take the town’s calls.

“It will be a substantial savings for us, without the lack of service,” Carter said.

James P. Miclon, the center’s director, said it won’t be a problem. The center recently added another person to its staff, and she will likely work those hours, Miclon said.

It’s far from being confirmed, Carter said. “It’s just an idea to reduce costs,” he said.

The town’s budget hearings will be held in February and March, and then a decision will be made.

Rumford is the only town of the county’s more than 30 municipalities that does its own dispatching. The rest use the RCC.

Dispatchers field both emergency and nonemergency calls, and then direct public safety officers to the scene.