By James McLaughlin
With the financial strains currently facing many city managers and mayors throughout the country, consolidation of services is a hot topic in town halls everywhere. Because fire and police departments are often two of the most expensive departments in the total budget, it is not surprising that the consolidation of the two makes sense to fiscal managers as a way to save money in the short term. The strategy implemented by many cities and towns is to consolidate police and fire services by creating “public safety officers” or PSOs. Full Article
PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENTS: A SECOND EVALUATION OF THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE CITY OF MERCER ISLAND'S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
BY: Chris Tubbs
In the author's previous applied research project (ARP), the literary research indicated a national pattern of neglect concerning the fire service in Public Safety consolidated organizations. The author's applied research project indicated that in several ways Mercer Island's Public Safety Department experienced a similar fate.
THE PUBLIC SAFETY CONCEPT IN THE CITY OF KALAMAZOO:
ANALYSIS AND RECOMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE
BY: Janis V. Smits