Broward County leaders discuss solutions to address police dispatcher shortage – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (WSVN) – A shortage of police dispatchers is causing a crisis in Broward County.

On Tuesday, local leaders met to discuss solutions to address the county’s shortage.

The short-term solution will be the approval of $5 million, which will be used to hire new dispatchers and increase those who are already working.

In recent years, dispatchers have started in Broward County and they quickly realize they can make more money working in other counties like Palm Beach and Miami-Dade, prompting them to leave the company.

The average length of time for a person hired as a dispatcher at a 911 call center in Broward County is 200 days.

Local leaders are trying to solve the problem of dispatchers leaving to other locations.

The long-term solution that was discussed is a large study to find out how best to deal with 911 communication centers in Broward County.

Executives know immediately that they need to hire more staff as currently about 20% of the positions are vacant, which means that the employees working as active dispatchers are working long hours and extra days.

A vote to commit $5 million is scheduled to take place Tuesday afternoon, which is expected to happen easily.

“I support providing these funds as a temporary stopgap measure because we need to do something now and this money will give the sheriff a chance to prove they can do better than that,” Commissioner Steve Geller said. “We didn’t know until all of this news that nobody told us this was a problem.”

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