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SEECOM finalizes contracts with Huntley, Lake in the Hills police departments

Sarah Nader- snader@shawmedia.com
Robert Pierson, 911 dispatcher, works in the dispatch center at SEECOM in Crystal Lake Friday, January 9, 2014.
Sarah Nader- snader@shawmedia.com Robert Pierson, 911 dispatcher, works in the dispatch center at SEECOM in Crystal Lake Friday, January 9, 2014.

SEECOM will provide police dispatch services for Lake in the Hills and Huntley police departments beginning in 2017 after contracts were approved this week.

The executive board of SEECOM (Southeast Emergency Communications) voted to approve those contracts at its meeting Thursday.

The Lake in the Hills Village Board voted to approve the deal last month, making it the latest municipality to change dispatchers to prepare for a state-mandated consolidation of those services in 2017.

The consolidation follows a bill signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2015 requiring any county with at least 250,000 residents to reduce the number of dispatch centers by half.

SEECOM, based in Crystal Lake, will join the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the McHenry City Police Department as the county’s three dispatch centers.

“The ability to save seconds provides the increased opportunity to save lives,” SEECOM’s Executive Director Jason Kern said in a release.

Huntley’s Village Board approved the move on April 14.

– Jordyn Reiland

NOTE TO READERS: This story has been corrected to accurately report when Huntley approved the agreement.

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