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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Shared Services Policing- The Hamiltonian's View

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.

The Hamiltonian

8 comments:

  1. It is time for Hamilton dysfunctional Board to consider Hamilton Tax payer Interests, Where as Hamilton steel workers hard earned benefits and pensions are in trouble. Please, think about steel workers instead of status quo. This sharing cost helps alleviate Hamilton tax payer burden. Please....consider.

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  2. I don't quite see how this would alter the fact that there is a vast, low density population spread over a huge land area, making it expensive to service even when services are shared. Are they splitting the cost of a fleet of drones?

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    1. They have a Forensic building already. Yes there is a small amount of cost sharing not 30 Million as Hamilton wants.

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  3. we also need neutral independent accredited third party verification of anything and everything the police ask for.

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  4. Good advice. These things go sour more often that people realize. It's all in the execution and in paying attention to the details.

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  5. I find it discouraging that no one on our PSB has ever considered such an option already, as if it is some sort of "last resort"
    Gale's perspective is refreshing and overdue. I would have no objection to "going all in" in an effort to find efficiency.

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    1. Thank you..Jim

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  6. "you can try to send us a message, but the Board has already made their decision"
    When does this end?

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