ConsolidatedPolice Departments week 1 discussion 2
Your county sheriff has recently come out publicly in favor of consolidatingall police agencies in your county. Having caught your new police chiefoff-guard, your police chief asks you – the agency’s director of research,planning, and analysis – to explain in a memorandum all that would be involvedin creating and maintaining a single county-wide agency, to include advantagesand disadvantages of doing so. Create amemorandum mainly stating the advantages and disadvantages of thisconsolidation for employees, the community, and the effectiveness of policing.At the end, you will need to make a recommendation to your police chief as towhether this is a good idea or not, and why, stating reasons from yourmemorandum. You should format your discussion as if you were writing an actualmemo.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claimswith examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, andproperly cite any references.
To: Chief Police
RE: Consolidating PoliceAgencies
DATE: June 24, 2015
The Sheriff has recently come out publicly infavor of consolidating all police agencies in the country. Is it justified to carry out theprocess? If so, what would be involved in creating and maintaining a single country wide agency. What are benefits as well as the disadvantages of having a single country wide agency in the police departments.
No,the consolidating of the police agencies into a single countrywide agency is not justified since it would reduce the effectiveness of the police departments considering that the police carry out a very critical role in any country.
The main advantages of consolidating the police agencies is that there will be a reduction in cost. This is because the process of consolidation reduces office cost as it does not emphasize on more specialists and departmental machines. Another advantage is that consolidation leads to uniformity in action throughout the organization because of central administrative control.There is also improved quality of work due to standardizedprocedure, better supervision as well as the use of improved machinery. Some of the disadvantages that are likely tooccur as a result of consolidating police agencies are as follows:Delay in work-Consolidation will create loss of man hours and delay in performance of work because of transmission of records from and to the central control room. Quick decision is not possibleand this also results to delay in office work. Another disadvantage is that better supervision becomes impossible as all the police executives are under pressure of work. Absence of better control and supervision leads to slacknessinwork (Emig, Kravitz,& National Institute of Justice 1980).
Based on the above facts I would recommend that the police agencies should not centralized since the consolidation while bring more problems than benefits in the police department. From the discussion above we also find that the disadvantages will have more impact than the benefits.
Emig, M. N., Kravitz, M.,& National Institute of Justice (U.S.). (1980). Police consolidation: A selected bibliography. Washington,D.C: U.S. Dept. of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
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