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Jun 24th, 2015
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Consolidated Police Departments week 1 discussion 2

Your county sheriff has recently come out publicly in favor of consolidating all police agencies in your county. Having caught your new police chief off-guard, your police chief asks you – the agency’s director of research, planning, and analysis – to explain in a memorandum all that would be involved in creating and maintaining a single county-wide agency, to include advantages and disadvantages of doing so. Create a memorandum mainly stating the advantages and disadvantages of this consolidation for employees, the community, and the effectiveness of policing. At the end, you will need to make a recommendation to your police chief as to whether this is a good idea or not, and why, stating reasons from your memorandum. You should format your discussion as if you were writing an actual memo.  
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

To: Chief Police


RE: Consolidating Police Agencies

DATE: June 24, 2015


The  Sheriff has recently come out publicly in favor of consolidating all police agencies in the  country. Is it justified to carry out the process? If  so, what  would  be  involved  in creating  and  maintaining a single  country wide  agency. What  are  benefits  as well as the disadvantages  of  having  a  single  country  wide  agency in the  police  departments.

Short answer

No, the  consolidating  of the police  agencies  into  a  single countrywide  agency  is  not  justified since  it  would  reduce  the  effectiveness of the  police  departments  considering  that  the  police  carry out  a  very  critical  role  in any  country.

The  main advantages  of  consolidating  the  police  agencies  is that  there  will be a  reduction in  cost. This  is  because  the  process  of  consolidation reduces office  cost as  it does  not  emphasize on more  specialists and departmental  machines. Another advantage  is  that consolidation leads to uniformity  in action throughout  the  organization because of  central  administrative  control .There  is  also  improved  quality  of  work due  to standardized procedure, better supervision as well as  the use  of  improved  machinery. Some of the  disadvantages that are likely  to occur  as a result  of  consolidating police  agencies  are  as  follows:Delay in work-Consolidation will create loss of man hours  and  delay  in performance  of  work  because of  transmission of  records from and  to  the  central  control room. Quick decision is not possible and this also results to delay in office work. Another  disadvantage is that  better  supervision  becomes  impossible as  all the  police  executives are under  pressure of  work. Absence of better control and supervision leads to slacknessin work (Emig, Kravitz,& National Institute of Justice 1980).


Based  on the  above  facts  I  would  recommend  that the  police  agencies should not  centralized  since  the  consolidation while  bring  more  problems than  benefits in the  police  department. From  the  discussion above  we also  find that the  disadvantages  will  have  more  impact  than the  benefits.


Emig, M. N., Kravitz, M., & National Institute of Justice (U.S.). (1980). Police consolidation: A   selected bibliography. Washington, D.C: U.S. Dept. of Justice, National Institute of   Justice.

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