Combining the Police Dept and Sheriff...

Combining the Police Dept and Sheriff's Dept???

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Concerned

Richland Springs, TX

#1 Aug 9, 2010
Just heard on the radio that they are thinking of combining law enforcement here in Mitchell County to "economize". I don't think your law enforcement is the place to cut back....what do others think?
Concerned but interested

Piedmont, OK

#2 Aug 9, 2010
I'll wait to hear what the City and County are actually planning before forming a solid opinion, but I think that it is an interesting idea. I assume that the Sheriff's Department would be expanding its role and the only real difference would be what uniforms would be worn, who would be the boss and who would be paying the bills.

I can see a lot of benefits. They already work together on almost every arrest (at least those in C-City which is the biggest piece of the pie), they could potentially save a lot of cost when it comes time to build a new jail (since we have a new law enforcement center already), the Sheriff's Dept. could justify more officers who could in turn better patrol Loraine and Westbrook as well as the country, etc. Plus I would think you could save cost on one set of dispatchers, etc.

It's my understanding that the county has always been in a better financial position to pay for law enforcement. After all they are the ones with wind turbines and oil wells. It sounds like the City needs to cut back on a lot of cost to be viable in the long term.

I can't really see a downside as long as the current officers and chief are incorporated and given good jobs, those guys seem to be doing a good job. If we can get the same basic services at less cost to taxpayers then I am all for it.

I would be interested to hear other opinions.
why care

Fairfield, TX

#3 Aug 9, 2010
Another Mitchell County stupid idea!!! but what does it really matter?? they half do thier jobs anyways!!
CCity Native

Abilene, TX

#4 Aug 9, 2010
Its works well in a lot of other smaller communities. I know people in Post, Texas. They have that system and they like it.

What would be the reasons for keeping a seperate PD? If someone could enlighten me I would also appreciate your points of view.

Also, why care enough to write a useless comment why care? Please don't waste our time.
Slim

Abilene, TX

#5 Aug 11, 2010
Great idea. Should save money. Gives citizens more control via election process. Lets get on with it.
Slim

Richland Springs, TX

#6 Aug 13, 2010
Heard on the news last night that Colorado City is broke. Lets get to work on this consolidation idea and save some money. This will work if it is governed in the right manner. Lets do it now.
CuriousKay

Abilene, TX

#7 Aug 18, 2010
Why wasn't Ron Dooley, Chief of Police, appointed to the task force?? Funny the Sheriff was appointed, but the Police Chief wasn't given the same courtesy.
Much Ado about nothing

Chandler, OK

#8 Aug 18, 2010
On this committe to discuss combining PD and Sheriffs office, why only ONE citizen? City tax payers pay county AND city taxes...why couldnt there be at least 3 citizens?? Afraid of the outcome? Possibly they wouldnt go for the combining of the two?
How Democracy Works

Uvalde, TX

#9 Aug 18, 2010
City tax payers elect city council members, commissioners, and sheriffs, that's how democracy works. We elect people and delegate decision making, if we don't like who we elect we get rid of them during the next election. If we want to make decisions we have to run for office. I agree that putting Chief Dooley on the task force would make sense, maybe he could be the 7th person who is an unelected. Only problem is he would have a strong incentive to disagree, even if the idea is good and viable.
True Blu

Chandler, OK

#10 Aug 18, 2010
Personally, I think the die is cast. the city and county know they want to proceed with this. after all, who has all the money? the county!!!
amyk

Albany, TX

#11 Aug 28, 2010
Well if Pete Kampfer keeps it up....there won't be any police officers left to combine with anyone. We need to get rid of this man before he destroys the entire town!
Slim

United States

#12 Aug 29, 2010
What difference does it make if the cop is in a county uniform or city? It makes sense to do away with the city police and have a county police force. It will save money and service should be better based on the theory that the Sheriff is elected not appointed by the city or its manager. Think about it.
Tru Blu

Shawnee, OK

#13 Aug 30, 2010
The Sheriff shows me NOTHING ! I just hate to think if the offices are combined, that we will look to him for leadership, he aint got it!
Slim

Dardanelle, AR

#14 Aug 30, 2010
Tru Blu wrote:
The Sheriff shows me NOTHING ! I just hate to think if the offices are combined, that we will look to him for leadership, he aint got it!
Elect a new one. Maybe one of the city police would consider running. You could be his campaign manager.

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