Pros consolidating police agencies
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In the 2010 police department report, the public safety director indicated difficulties due to layoffs and unfilled positions, but made positive comments regarding administrative consolidation.
Advocates refer to increased savings and improved coverage as reasons for combining.
Opponents say that it costs jobs and decreases security.
For example in February 2011 an 11-member delegation from Sweden toured the state, examining these paradigms.
Consolidation works best when based on the community’s character, composition, size, geographic location, and existing programs.