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    Police, officials stress need to update 911 call system

    March 14, 2019

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Officials in a New Jersey community are pushing for updates to an obsolete emergency call system.

    West Milford Township officials are mulling funding a $280,000 replacement of police telephone and 911 systems this year. NorthJersey.com reports Police Chief Timothy Storbeck says the current computer-driven 911 system installed in 2010 is out of warranty, difficult to repair and risking permanent failure.

    Councilwoman Marilyn Lichtenberg said updating the 911 system should be the council’s top priority for 2019. The township currently pays about $4,500 a year to have the company fix the system when issues come up.

    Storbeck says the town is not at risk of losing 911 services, but he says response times could increase in the event of a crash routing calls to nearby police departments.

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    Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com