Usually found in larger cities

Consolidating dispatch police services

Two agencies completely merge into a single legal agency. The chief, if he still exists, will be no more than a functionary required to make sure that the orders of the federal government are carried out. First, the feds will decide where and when to deploy local police department personnel. The union is concerned about maintaining jobs but the chief concern is that the time savings being touted won't be as much as proponents say. Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.

Police chiefs and the public will have their control, their autonomy, and their dignity co-opted by a corporation. An item on seven town meeting ballots would set the stage for the creation of one consolidated center to handle calls from member towns.

Usually found in larger cities. Without simplifying the situation too much, the plain fact is that a business now runs law enforcement in Salt Lake County. Of those, more than have undergone some level of consolidation.

Louis, Missouri, to Salt Lake City, Utah, the merging of law enforcement moves along, applauded by a coterie of city leaders and well-meaning citizens. Another fiscal fact is that upfront costs are usually prohibitive. Dispatchers from the seven towns voting are urging residents to vote against forming a regional dispatch center. An example would be a single Fire Chief overseeing multiple departments.

This carrot will be

An example would be combined dispatch, apparatus maintenance, or a combined training program. Finally, funds for this conversion from local police department to outpost of the federal law-enforcement agency will be provided by the bureaucrats on Capitol Hill. Besides, there is the competing concept of ad hoc consolidation. Nationwide, towns and cities are jumping on the consolidation bandwagon.

This carrot will be tied to the stick of federal control. Certainly there will be cases when the consolidation saved money in the long run, but these cases will be few and far between. It's that local dispatcher who then gets emergency responders out to you.

The literature promoting the acceptance of fusion centers lists several ways the new federal agency will impose its will on the formerly autonomous and accountable police chief or county sheriff. Each department remains legally separate but performs special function s as if they were one department.

Certainly there will be

The further away a government bureaucracy is from the direct involvement of the local citizen, the less responsive it becomes to the local citizen. At least three towns have to pass the ballot item to create the municipal union, which would be called the Chittenden County Public Safety Authority. Self-serving bureaucrats inside the U.

Frank said they want to hear from dispatchers, but they need to create the union municipal district first. The Second Amendment would be dead.

Law Enforcement as a Business Even if consolidation did lower costs, there are other considerations more important than money. Take the story of Louisville, Kentucky, for example. According to Steve Conrad, current chief of the Glendale, Arizona, police and former assistant chief of police in Louisville, the savings they were promised never materialized.