Report calls for merging police force...

Report calls for merging police forces Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge n...

There are 30 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jun 23, 2010, titled Report calls for merging police forces Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge n.... In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

A draft of a report by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission recommends consolidating the Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge police departments into a single, regional entity -- one of a number of potential shared services the commission will be identifying this year for the towns.

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Lee resident

AOL

#1 Jun 24, 2010
If it really can save money, I'm all for it. The lee Police seem to get paid quite well. Esp. with overtime.
rickf

Florence, MA

#2 Jun 24, 2010
Not having read the report, I can't say which way makes more sense but having lived in Stockbridge and Lee most of my life, I don't see the townspeople going for this. I could be wrong but....
phil

Pittsfield, MA

#3 Jun 24, 2010
NO NO NO I LIKE KNOWING OUR TOWN POLICE. when we did need there help 30 seconds is all it took for them to be at my door.please dont brack up are great police force.
Not gonna happen

Albany, GA

#4 Jun 24, 2010
It will never happen. They will protect their fiefdoms with everything they have.
OMG - Yes

East Otis, MA

#5 Jun 24, 2010
Not gonna happen wrote:
It will never happen. They will protect their fiefdoms with everything they have.


It's too bad, but I bet you are right. No chief is going to give up their $75k+ job and the officers are not going to give up all the 1.5 and 2x OT. It sounds like a great idea but is never going to happen.
OMG - Yes

East Otis, MA

#6 Jun 24, 2010
phil wrote:
NO NO NO I LIKE KNOWING OUR TOWN POLICE. when we did need there help 30 seconds is all it took for them to be at my door.please dont brack up are great police force.
Dude, we can't afford it anymore and the article says they will keep substations so you should be all set. BTW there=their and are=our.
Lifetime Resident

Springfield, MA

#7 Jun 24, 2010
The town has not gotten any bigger nor has there been a significant change in population.

Lenox did fine with one cruiser and a handful of officers for many years, both crime and cost was low.

It also did quite well without a lazy, overpaid, Town Mis-Manager. The Town can save OVER $!100K on this useless PORK position.
Lenox parent

East Greenbush, NY

#8 Jun 24, 2010
You really want to save money, merge the 100K town managers. They make just as much as the mayor of Springfield and still have to manage a quarter of the BS.
Drunken Cheese Head

East Greenbush, NY

#9 Jun 24, 2010
AGREED

Since: May 08

United States

#10 Jun 24, 2010
Drunken Cheese Head wrote:
AGREED
Me too!!!
Steve

Albany, NY

#11 Jun 24, 2010
Not gonna happen wrote:
It will never happen. They will protect their fiefdoms with everything they have.
I sounds like it will be up to the voters, it would be a smart move IMO.
Move em around

Berne, NY

#12 Jun 24, 2010
Definitely a good idea. Another good idea is to move the officers and managers around periodically. That way they can't get too comfortable (corrupt) in any one place.
SMB

Newington, CT

#13 Jun 24, 2010
This is obviously something that warrants more study. The collective bargaining dynamics of the various municipal (Civil Service) employees alone will cost a fortune to litigate. There are a number of similar public safety functions performed by each department but there are services provided by each that are unique to each town. I for one, like the idea of knowing the officer I am dealing with. In the past year, two towns on the North Shore of Boston proposed a merger. In-depth studies and numerous meetings, costing tens of thousands of dollars, cut into any and all savings of the proposed merger. I encourage the town administrators look into this or any other related studies before committing to this one. There are a number of ways to streamline operational costs through modern day police administrative practices without a “knee jerk” reaction like this that is a previously explored concept and the final result has fallen short of the mark.
primateleo

Davenport, IA

#14 Jun 24, 2010
One police chief ( and more $$ FOR HIM ) and 2 will loose their jobs. If it goes through.
toolman agawam

United States

#15 Jun 24, 2010
That is the way to go to save money. Just have a force to do police work and leave the "details to civilian flaggers" and you can save. Also get rid of the town managers. What the hell do the selectmen do anymore? Just collect a salary and listen to the managers and second all they want. Cut back on the numbers of police as someone said there used to be way less and the crime rate was the same. If it does go through I hope they hire a outside chief as these guys are to "cozy" with the officers and locals.
SMB

United States

#16 Jun 24, 2010
In most cases, a police officer's earnings for "details and flagging" jobs are paid by the contractor and not the town although they are usually listed in town reports as income and percieved as a cost to the town. The reports fail to list the base earnings, overtime and outside duty(Flagging)seperately therefore it does not accurately reflect true costs incurred by the town. In some situations, an administrative fee is attached to cover the costs of the vehicle and benefits and may result in a profit to the town. If you see the true base salaries of police, wages are about average. But ask yourself, would you want to do it? If you answer yes, the exam is open to everyone. If you aswer no, then you really don't have a complaint.
Jack

San Mateo, CA

#17 Jun 24, 2010
Sounds like a good idea if the savings are real

Since: Aug 08

Lee. MA

#18 Jun 24, 2010
I hear Andy, Barney and Goober will take care of the area for 1/3 of what these guys make. No crime in Mayberry.

Seriously, I would not have their job whether it be in Lee Ma or New York City. Most of the time not enough pay for the danger they face and the courts not backing them up.
Traffic control should be left to a private company. Too many time have I gone through a construction zone and the police are paying more attention to what the workers are doing than what the traffic is doing.
Doing this in six months would be a miracle. Nothing happens that fast in MA. If it does happen I think Lee should be first on the cars. Lee Lenox Stockbridge Police Dept , has a nice ring to it. They may need to get stretch cruisers so the name will fit.
KISS

Westfield, MA

#19 Jun 24, 2010
Wow back to the flagman, simple math escapes you libs. Flagman get prevailing wage, that is more then the 40/hr or so the cops get. Plus you have to pay benefits for the flagman. You already pay for the benefits for cops. Massachusetts is just busting at the seams with educated stupid people.
KISS

Westfield, MA

#20 Jun 24, 2010
While Im solving you budget problems why don't yopu kick the state a 1/5 of you police budget and have the state add a few more troopers in that area?

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