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Advocating for Public Safety in Middletown


The Middletown Police Union, AFSCME Local 1361, used the Nov. 8 election as an opportunity to improve public safety by advocating for the passage of a ballot question to improve the city's 911 communications.

In the week leading up to the election, the union took out ads in the Middletown Press, urging a "Yes" vote and alerted AFSCME members who live in Middletown through a direct mail piece urging a "Yes" vote. Advance news media stories also helped the cause.

Voters approved the $12 million communications upgrade 9,406 to 6,696.

"We wanted to mobilize not only our AFSCME members but all voters in Middletown about the significance of this ballot question," said Local 1361 President Doug Clark. "We need better equipment to protect the public and keep ourselves safe. We're grateful the citizens voted yes."

The massive communications infrastructure project will include new portable radios for police and firefighters. The radios will provide up to 95 percent coverage throughout the city, including inside buildings where transmission quality is poor.

"This is a big deal for first responders," Clark said. "It's going to make a big difference for dispatchers, police officers and firefighters."

  • Click here to see Local 1361's advertisement in the Middletown Press.
  • Click here for the Channel 8 story.

 

 

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