Montezuma County’s aging dispatch center will need $600,000 to $750,000 worth of new equipment in the near future. That was the message delivered to the county commissioners Monday by Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane.
Lane oversees the center, which provides services to multiple law-enforcement agencies, fire districts and other entities. Lane said in particular the recording equipment, which preserves records of law-enforcement contacts in traffic and criminal investigations, needs to be revamped because of an increase in demands from both the District Attorney’s Office and defense attorneys. Lane suggested the commissioners consider raising the 911 telephone tax as one option to fund the equipment. No decisions were made, but Lane said he would provide more detailed information in the coming months.