The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is seeking to move its regional dispatch center from Victorville to Hesperia's High Desert Government Center.


"For the longest time, we looked at moving dispatch to another station to free up more space for them," Lt. Mike Stansell said Wednesday. He had spoken about the proposed move at Tuesday's Hesperia City Council meeting.


"They have about 75 staff" in the Public Safety Operations Center, he said. "I think coming over here is a good, positive thing in the sense that were nearby to Hesperia, the sheriff's station over here."


The San Bernardino County Fire Department would also establish a back-up dispatch services for its Rialto dispatch center in the building, to take up slack in the event of heavy call times or if the Cajon Pass is closed for some reason. The High Desert Government Center is considered an "essential facility" -- a designation for certain government buildings that are built to withstand a major earthquake and maintain full operational capabilities.


"In the event the pass is closed, we'd have an alternative place for people to work," said Dena Smith, the deputy executive officer for the county's executive officer. "It's staffed all the time, in any event, because of the sheriff's dispatch center."


The sheriff's department will need to erect a communications tower on the site, and the proposal will go through the usual process of being submitted to the city's development review committee and planning commission.


"We'll have to go through the process of submitting the design and we intend to take it out to some community meetings," said Smith.


At the moment, there is no estimate on how long the move will take.


"They're looking to move pretty quick on this," said Stansell.


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