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Cons consolidating police agencies

Those numbers would seem to prove the fulfillment of the money-saving promises made by the consolidation cheerleaders. According to Steve Conrad, current chief of the Glendale, Arizona, police and former assistant chief of police in Louisville, the savings they were promised never materialized.

In theory, the idea of contracting public services to private companies to cut costs makes sense.

Nationwide, towns and cities are jumping on the consolidation bandwagon.

According to the latest data, there are about 18,000 state and local law-enforcement agencies in the United States.

Take the story of Louisville, Kentucky, for example.

Beginning with a referendum in 2000, city administrators began singing the cost-saving serenade, and on January 6, 2003 city police merged with the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County.

By September, Bell had scrapped its contract with Maywood, leaving the city to fend for itself and find new contractors for its outsourcing hopes.

The search for financial salvation is sweeping the country as local governments grapple with waning sales and property tax revenues.

It is no longer feasible for many individual cities, townships and municipalities to maintain their own police and public safety entities.