Meadville City Police handling their own calls could soon be a thing of the past.

On Wednesday, Meadville City Council hosted a town hall meeting to gain public input on the city's plan to transfer police dispatching duties to the Crawford County 911 office.

As it stands right now, calls for city police are dispatched through the Meadville Police Department.  The city is now considering transferring police calls to the Crawford County 911 Center, which is located in the courthouse.  It currently handles all other emergency calls.

According to Meadville City Manager Andy Walker, by transferring police calls to the 911 center, the city could save $120,000 a year by cutting two full-time and two part-time jobs.

“It’s a change that certainly does impact the operations of our department,” said Walker.  “It will affect how sergeants and the officer in charge of the shift communicate and get information.  So there’s definitely change.”

Those against the plans, say it's a matter of public safety.

“Our fire department and police need all of the funding they can get,” said William Catlin of Meadville.  “As far as saving $100,000, how about the cost of one life?”