A letter dated July 22, 2016 was sent from Bob Gale, Board Chair of the Regional Municipality of Niagara's Police Services Board to Clr. Ferguson, Hamilton's Chair of the Police Services Board.(click here to read it)
In that letter, citing the continued financial pressures put on police services, Gale suggests that it may be wise to enter into a shared services agreement between the Niagara and Hamilton Police Services.
Shared services arrangements are ordinarily entered into to achieve economies of scale and other efficiencies. Such arrangements have been known to range from being very successful to disappointing. In theory, the notion of capitalizing on economies that can be had by sharing services, is a sound one. In practice, such arrangements vary in their success.
The Hamiltonian believes that Gale's suggestion is worthy of consideration. However, rather than enter into an agreement holus bolus, the Hamilton Police Services Board may be wise to pilot the idea by carving out a sub set of areas to focus on. Based on the success or failure of such a pilot, the decision to expand the arrangement or not, would be best informed by outcomes had in the pilot.