Minnetonka to switch emergency dispatch services to Hennepin County

The City of Minnetonka is switching over its emergency dispatch services to Hennepin County, citing the need for updated technologies amid an increased demand for services. 

The Hennepin County Board approved the measure at its Sept. 26 meeting, following a study that suggested the switch would improve services into the future. It will also bring down costs, officials said, since the county does not charge for the use of its dispatch.

Plymouth, Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park all use Hennepin County dispatch services, which already handles more than 600,000 calls a year. The switchover will happen sometime in the next few months.