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Despite Push to Compare Prices, Manchester Police Renew Dispatch Contract With Ballwin

The Manchester police chief said there is no need to shop around for better contracts because the price is fair and the two departments have an extensive history together.

Dispite one alderman's concern over comparing prices, Manchester aldermen voted unanimously to renew the city's police dispatching contract with the Ballwin Police Department. 

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Currently, police 911 calls to Manchester are handled through Ballwin's dispatch. The contract expires at the end of this year and Manchester Police Chief Tim Walsh  put together a proposal to renew the contract with Ballwin for another four years. 

As previously reported by Patch,

Walsh said he had not looking into dispatching costs for other departments because the cost of the dispatching contract is fair and it involves more than money.

Walsh said the two cities share borders and they are familiar with each other's streets which helps with response time if additional officers are needed from Ballwin's police department.

(Click here to see estimated cost of contract proposal.)

Manchester's mayor also said the Manchester police officers prefer the Ballwin agreement because of the two departments' longstanding working relationship.

Additional pricing was never presented to aldermen and they voted to renew the contract at the Oct. 1 board of aldermen meeting.

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