08/15/2011

NJ police mergers will take time

Examples elsewhere show moving from local forces to regional consolidation happens slowly

By Darran Simon
The Philadelphia Inquirer

CAMDEN, N.J. — Five years ago, Patrick Brennan, then deputy county executive of Broome County, N.Y., shopped around a proposal he had devised in his spare time to consolidate five community police forces.

His PowerPoint presentation, pitched to community groups and Rotary clubs, was sparse on details, he acknowledged. So, in a few months, the county will try again, with a more detailed proposal from a hired consultant.

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