Consolidating police agencies

In a merger of Kentucky police departments, nearly million was spent on radios alone to ensure the police department could operate cohesively.

A fragmented police system is problematic to say the least.

These funding issues undermine effective policing, leaving communities without adequate protection from law enforcement.Local police departments then must choose between the lesser of two evils: putting a less-than-qualified officer on the street or putting no officer out there at all.The issues are further exacerbated by the superior equipment and training available to the wealthier localities.Local departments have evolved in tandem with the unique needs of their respective communities, as reflected by the policing of issues salient to a particular community.A consolidated unit may have overarching policing goals that do not align with the local community’s.

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