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"We didn't do this for recognition. We did it because it was an efficient and effective way of doing business. Our efforts speak to the essence of building strong teams in order to better serve our communities and be good stewards of tax payer dollars. We continue to explore and evaluate ways of collaborating services in a manner that makes sense."- Mac Tristan, Coppell Chief of Police
The Cities of Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, and Farmers Branch were recognized by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for their far-reaching regional support efforts,
specifically in the area of public safety, at the annual NCTCOG General Assembly meeting on June 17, 2016. Representatives from all four cities accepted the William J. Pitstick Regional Cooperation Award, which recognizes local government entities that work together to develop regional solutions for the communities they serve.
"We appreciate the recognition from the North Texas Council of Governments," said Coppell Fire Chief Kevin Richardson. "Combining services and sharing of resources will ultimately improve public services and safety for first responders. We are proud of all the staff members and look forward to continuing fiscal responsibility."
Residents of these four cities will benefit from the use of regional resources in solving multi-jurisdictional problems to establish higher levels of safety and well-being. Currently, the cities collaborate on the newly opened North Texas Emergency Communications Center (NTECC), a regional dispatch operations hub, the Regional Critical Incident Response Team, NORTEX Regional SWAT Team, the regional jails in Carrollton and Farmers Branch, the Regional Crash Investigation Team, as well as the soon-to-be-erected joint fire training facility which will begin operation this winter.
The region already has one of the lowest crime rates in comparison to other areas within not only the DFW Metroplex, but also the state. Additionally, the four cities often appear on national lists for best places to live, work, visit, or buy a home. The area continues to see decreases in major crimes and increases in community-police relations.
Coppell Chief of Police Mac Tristan said, "The four cities have been working on consolidated services since 2011. We didn't do this for recognition. We did it because it was an efficient and effective way of doing business. Our efforts speak to the essence of building strong teams in order to better serve our communities and be good stewards of tax payer dollars. We continue to explore and evaluate ways of collaborating services in a manner that makes sense. We appreciate the recognition from NCTCOG."
The NCTCOG serves a 16-county region in North Texas by assisting local governments in planning for common needs, cooperation for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. It works to strengthen North Texas communities through their local governments. The NCTCOG celebrates 50 years of service this year.