NORTH PORT — When uniformed officers and dispatchers sat in the audience, it came across as an “intimidation tactic” to City Commissioner Cheryl Cook last month, while discussing outsourcing their jobs and services.
This month, officers and dispatchers changed their clothing — but not their stance on why the city should keep its 911 dispatchers instead of outsourcing the service to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Last month, commissioners asked the police chief to review the cost savings of $8 million over 20 years, as well as other factors related to possibly giving the dispatch tasks to the county.
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