Cons consolidating police agencies
Public safety consolidation continued for centuries throughout Europe.
Today partial consolidations exist, while fully integrated services remain scarce.
The deputy fire chief became the assistant director for fire operations, and the police captain switched to assistant director for police operations.
These examples involve small, suburban communities; however, combining services also makes sense in larger urban settings.
The merged public safety force responses increased 5 percent to 5,322 for police service calls in 2010. Out of 386 calls, actual fires comprised a small number, with only five reported monetary losses of 0 or more.
In 2009 Grosse Pointe arranged with a transportation company to provide ambulance service, thus, adding medic and advanced life support units.
Advocates refer to increased savings and improved coverage as reasons for combining.
Opponents say that it costs jobs and decreases security.