State Police delay dispatching changes

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The Vermont State Police are delaying a proposal to reduce dispatching and other services to local municipalities because of concerns by local officials.

The state police have been looking for ways to do their jobs while balancing the effects of a tough economy, higher gas prices and increased calls.

State police considered ending the practice of answering non-emergency calls for local police, fire and emergency medical service agencies when those offices are closed.

Brandon Police Chief Christopher Brickell says the state police would be making the decision on what is an emergency.

The head of the State Police Colonel James Baker says no changes will be made until officials meet with local police chiefs.

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