Cons consolidating police agencies
Tully, January, 2002 The consolidation of the more than 17,000 police agencies throughout the United States into a far fewer number of regional forces has been briefly discussed throughout law enforcement circles for sometime.
The discussions date back to the 1950's when a similar idea was proposed, and successfully implemented, by the consolidation of thousands of our rural schools into larger school districts.
Although the ambiguity concerning the actual number of police agencies is surprising, much less so is the arguably dysfunctional interagency communication and jurisdictional issues that interfere with the effectiveness of American law enforcement.
The current 49 percent clearance rate of the eight index crimes in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR’s), combined with an even more disturbing decline in the clearance rate for the most serious crimes (e.g.
As such, actually serve to enhance the all-important credibility of its findings.
Yet, in an environment where the effectiveness of the police emergency response to events like the Boston Marathon attack is arguably more important than ever, it seems clear that taking action long overdue is certainly warranted.
In the pragmatic tradition of the Wickersham Commission, vis-à-vis the more academically oriented focus of Pachon and Lovrich, their conclusions have garnered recent support from Jeremy Wilson and Clifford Grammich in a 2012 police consolidation article.
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