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Meriden’s chronically understaffed Emergency Communications Center is understaffed again — a condition that puts police, firefighters and the public at risk and is therefore completely unacceptable.

The staffing of this critical service has been in a dire state almost routinely over a period of years. The city is going to “really take a hard look” at the chronic turnovers plagued the center, according to Mayor Kevin Scarpati, because another sharp dip in staffing levels now has some dispatchers working multiple shifts.

How much a “hard look” will accomplish, though, remains to be seen…