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Fayetteville, CRC a top priority for police

Village of Fayetteville Police Capt. Bill Bleyle outlined the goals of the critical response committee to village trustees at their meeting Jan 8.

His long and short term goals call for increased communication between town, village and county police, fire, and emergency officials, along with an increased focus on multiple agency training. He said recent times have proved the need to always be ready.

"Our gun-related cases are up," Bleyle told the board. "We had an incident at a school just the other day. Nothing happened, but if something did, our emergency responders -- police, fire and emergency personnel -- will be the first ones on the scene."

The captain's plan calls for a more fluid communications stream between local emergency departments, along with more communication with other local municipalities. Bleyle said by having local emergency personnel familiarize themselves with one another, the crucial minutes after a crisis won't be wasted on formalities.

Mayor Mark Olson agreed.

"Departments will know what to do when it happens," Olson said. "Should something big happen, we'll be on our own for the first few minutes, and it's important to have a plan in case something does."

Bleyle committee is also requesting input from the board of trustees.

The captain couldn't leave without a few questions from Village Attorney Ted Spencer, who was concerned with the input with the county.

"How much coordination, if any, is being done with the county?" he asked.

Bleyle said county input has already been high, noting that county coordinators have already attended the CRC's roundtable, off-duty discussions.

The CRC was formed in 2001, following the events of 9/11, Bleyle said.

""We (all the departments) were just hanging out after work, and people started talking about simple stuff, and things we could do to make things work better," he said. "We go over what we're doing right, and what we're doing wrong, and what we can do to make this place better for the residents who deserve it."

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