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Niagara Legislature OKs county takeover of Lockport police dispatching – if police union agrees

The Niagara County Legislature voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of having the county Sheriff's Office take over the duty of dispatching Lockport Police calls at no cost to the city – but only if the city can win the approval of its police union, whose contract specifies that dispatching is union work.

Two officers stay in headquarters at all times to answer phones and handle walk-in complaints.

Mayor Michelle M. Roman "indicated to the Legislature that she has commenced negotiations, but there is no agreement," County Manager Richard E. Updegrove said. Roman did not respond to a request for comment.

The Sheriff's Office dispatches all first responders in the county outside of Niagara Falls, except for the Lockport police. Lockport has only one fully functional 911 line out of three originally installed.

Lockport would be assigned to the main radio channel used by most county police agencies. The resolution didn't mention cost or hiring additional dispatchers. "We will address that in the budget process," Updegrove said.


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