Regional dispatch works in larger counties -- Broward County, Fla., for example.
Law enforcement came under the Sheriffs Department, centralizing all call responses through one dispatcher.
It avoids overlapping responses by different agencies. It frees up more officers for things like courthouse protection, fugitive warrant apprehensions, etc. It lets counties buy patrol cars in bulk and standardizes the same for ease of repairs.
The problem with Erie County is poor leadership from the commissioners wanting to take the easy way out: Don't step on anyone's toes; it's easier to raise taxes then to consolidate and save money. I am sure none of the police department heads want to relinquish their hold on their turf.
The scenario does work; it just takes co-operation from all concerned. I applaud Sandusky and Perkins for exploring their joint venture. Let's make it countywide and save the taxpayers some money. EMS & fire -- why not?