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Pro/Con: Should law enforcement agencies consolidate?

By Melissa Crowe
Aug. 4, 2013 at 3:04 a.m.

Partnerships between the city of Victoria and Victoria County provide emergency management, the health department, transportation, the library, fire services and economic development.

Because the goals of the police department and the sheriff's office are the same - to serve and protect - should the city of Victoria and Victoria County consolidate the two law enforcement agencies into one?

The two agencies already share the radio system, dispatch, training opportunities, grants and some investigative units.

While consolidating law enforcement has the potential for savings and increased efficiencies, combining two agencies or contracting out law enforcement services could turn into an organizational nightmare.

Pro: Joint police-sheriff's office could increase efficiency

Con: City officials hesitant about merger idea

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