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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.  

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From: Dave Reid, Director of Research, Planning, and Analysis

To: Kyle Miller, Chief of Police

June 24, 2015

RE: The recent suggestion to consolidate policing services with the Sheriff’s Office.

The main function of a Sheriff’s Office is the patrol of rural areas and the administration of the jail, courtroom, and the service of papers.  This varies widely from the day-to-day function of this policing agency.  The overall function of patrol would not change much, but the pay ranges for this type of activity is drastically different for the sheriff’s office.  A decision would need to be made regarding the compensation of officers and deputies based on years of service, experience and responsibilities.

The chain of command would be the second point of concern as the Sheriff is the elected and supreme law enforcement agent in the jurisdiction.  The role of the police chief would have to be decided which may affect adversely the future of this administration.  Any change in this direction may cause turnover in both departments, thereby costing both department’s money as new employees are sought and training incurred.  The cost of $10,000.00 to train and equip a new officer was recently discussed and appears to be consistent.  This is a negative that must be considered.

The next budgetary concern will be the current system of municipal court and collected fees.  This court may no longer be needed and the fines, fees, and restitution will be going through the county court in accordance with current standards.  The court may incur administrative fees and reduce the total income for the municipal government based on the current standard.

The impact to the citizens of Lamar and their police services will need to be addressed.  They are used to a certain standard of service.  If the jurisdiction of these local officers suddenly becomes county wide, then response times and access to the police will be greatly reduced.  This could result in decreased support from the community.  This department has recently made great strides in increasing this through community programs.  The contract services provided by the Sheriff’s Office to the outlying communities should be assessed.  This analysis will provide the best judgement regarding the standard of policing services that will be provided should this decision be accepted.

This office suggests more research regarding costs and affects regarding this change.

Conclusion:

This office maintains the position that based on the above listed issues, it should not support this position for change at this time.  This office suggests a time frame of six months to review more information regarding this decision, effectively January 1, 2016.

References

Peak, K. J. (2012). Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc.


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