Pesotum state police dispatchers complete move to Pontiac
Radio dispatchers who worked at the Illinois State Police headquarters in Pesotum have moved to Pontiac.
The move is part of a planned statewide reduction in the number of state police dispatching centers in an effort to gain more efficiency and save money. The District 10 telecommunicators from Pesotum along with others from state police districts based in Metamora and Ashkum are relocating to Pontiac.
State police spokesperson Monique Bond said that dispatchers from Pesotum finished their move on Monday and are now working out of the Pontiac center. As part of the integration, Bond said all calls to the Pesotum headquarters are being forwarded to Pontiac, along with calls from a phone that is located at the building in Pesotum.
All calls made to 9-1-1 in Champaign County will continue to go to METCAD in Urbana, which is the emergency dispatch center for the county. Or calls will be routed to the nearest 9-1-1 center elsewhere.
Bond said seven telecommunicators relocated from Pesotum to Pontiac, and there were no layoffs.
Here's an earlier report from WDWS reporter Michael Kiser with details on why state police are consolidating the dispatch centers.