BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Bridgewater Township Council continued its preparations for moving to county 911 dispatch with an approval of the purchase of new radio equipment.

Bridgewater Township Police Chief Manny Caravela told the council at its July 21 meeting that they are moving forward with the switch onto the QED system, used by Somerset County.

Caravela said that the department plans on buying a new radio system and are receiving their final requests from the fire and rescue squads. The costs of the new equipment are looking to be equal or less than the original estimated costs.

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As for the transition from the New World System to QED, Caravela is currently working on ending the contract with the New World System, and plans to make one complete transition once all of the equipment is ready.

“Once we buy all of the equipment and all of the data is completely transferred, we will transition to the QED system right away,” he said. “We will only keep the New World System until all of the necessary data is transferred.”

Caravela told the council that the equipment being purchased received high reviews and should work successfully once it is transferred over.

The council approved the purchase by a 4-1 vote, with the dissent coming from council president Matthew Moench. Moench, who opposed the original decision to transfer to the county 911 system, has also opposed previous purchases as the transition is moving forward.