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No. Jeffcom911 has generously offered to hire all of Clear Creek County’s current dispatchers.
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Jeffcom911 is one of few Emergency Communications Centers in the region that is achieving national standards for answering emergency calls, 90% within the first 15 seconds, a National Emergency Number Association standard. Partnering with Jeffcom gives the county access to cutting-edge technology and highly trained staff. Jeffcom911 also has additional certifications, the size and ability to handle mass casualty incidents and calls that could be more complex when it comes to mental health and other situations.
In addition, the Board of County Commissioners has discussed the need for identifying cost savings within the County’s budget for several years. Focus areas for cost savings have included the Communications Center/E911 due to its large yearly cost.
Yes. Clear Creek County issued a Request for Proposals in 2021 for a qualified firm to conduct a comprehensive evaluation and analysis of the organizational and service delivery configuration of the Sheriff’s Office. The scope for the work included the provision of recommendations for program refinements and efficiencies, new strategies for service delivery, budgeting/fiscal and resource modifications. KRW Associates was selected to conduct the review. KRW issued its final report in September 2021, which included 17 specific recommendations. Click here to read the report.
Recommendation #11 included identifying the need for a more comprehensive review of the future management of the Communications Center. KRW recommended two possible alternative courses of action. First, it was KRW’s assessment that the Center is not properly placed in the Sheriff’s Office structure and should be moved to another division. Option two identified exploring the possibility of joining Jeffcom911. KRW viewed the option as a method to ensure the continuation of high-quality dispatch services at potentially a lower cost.In addition, in 2023, the County entered into an agreement with Talion Defense (unbiased third party) for review of dispatch services, as a requirement of joining the consortium. The review included examining each of the critical factors necessary to determine the activities, effort, risks, timeline, and costs associated with a transition to Jeffcom911 service.
Each year, Clear Creek Dispatch costs the County about $1.7 million. Jeffcom911 services will cost the County $850,000 a year. Clear Creek County and its municipalities will save money for sure, but with the exact numbers are still to be determined. Below is a table that shows the breakdown of shared dispatch charges for next year (without Jeffcom911) based on the Sheriff’s Office 2024 proposed budget and recent quarterly call volumes.
No. Jeffcom911 offers virtually all the same services. JeffCom911 will also pool all of the designated Clear Creek County dispatchers together in a “pod” that way, people who know Clear Creek County best will be taking the calls from Clear Creek County. First responders will still be responding from their stations in Clear Creek County—not Jefferson County.
A partnership with Gilpin County would likely require a new facility, which would increase the cost of dispatch services. In lieu of this concern, the Board of County Commissioners chose to study the Jeffcom911 option.
No. Currently, Jeffcom911 provides services for 23 agencies. In addition, all four municipalities in Clear Creek County, the Fire Authority, and other local entities are also in support of this switch.
This was discussed in numerous Board of County Commissioners meetings with public comment offered, and was also discussed at three separate public town halls held in Idaho Springs, Georgetown, and Evergreen. In addition, this was covered in the local news several times, and featured in the Clear Creek County Newsletter: https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/14100/Sept-2023-NewsletterLINK TO JEFFCOM911 BOCC PRESENTATION: https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/1374/Board-Commission-Meetings
As of February 21st, 2024 all public safety emergency communications are live with the Jeffcom911.
Jeffcom911 Website: https://www.jeffcom911co.gov/Video Clip from Georgetown Town Hall on Jeffcom911: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGNVVuvF_SA