Change proposed to merge Coos Bay, North Bend dispatch centers

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NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Dispatchers from North Bend and Coos Bay police departments could be joining forces and merging into one center.

They say it's due to low staffing levels at both departments.

The move would bring North Bend dispatchers to Coos Bay's current location, which would bring the total number of dispatchers from both departments to 10.

Officials are hoping the transition happens by the end of the month, but it'll only be a temporary solution.

As a long term solution, both departments have been in talks with the Coos County Sheriff's Office to merge centers at the Coquille location.

"Originally we were hoping to have it done by this time of the year, July, something like that, but technology, equipment, building structures and whatnot, down at the county wouldn't allow that so that’s why we're stretched on to probably, if it does happen, it's looking like February-March, something like that, of 2018," said Coos Bay Police Chief Gary McCullough.

He says, down the road, the ultimate goal is to transition the merged dispatch center into a government entity by itself that wouldn't be owned by the county or either one of the cities.

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