Regionalizing resources

Are mega law enforcement agencies the answer to the financial crunch hitting departments nationwide? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems to think so.

According to news reports, Christie met with mayors of three of the Garden State’s biggest cities to suggest they consider regionalizing law enforcement resources. It’s not the first occasion where officials have looked at consolidating police services — it’s been done before. At a time when local governments are straining to find ways to supplement dwindling budgets, many are also searching for new methods whereby they can cut expenses.

Here are a few examples I found where officials were addressing the premise of consolidated law enforcement services at press time: