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What is not talked about in this article is the new term in Public Safety called "consolidation"
That is where agencies such as Marco Island Police and Fire can have opportuntity to merge together and come out as one stronger unit with less costs and better services to the taxpayer.
I am surprised that the Chief of Police being a former Collier County Sheriff would resist this plan. Most times in other cities where this has occured the problem is there are to many upper management positions that are now duplicated after the merge.
Now lets suppose that Collier County Sheriff and Marco Island Police and Fire merged. The coverage area could be Marco Island, Isles of Capri, Goodland and to Us41. Take in account that could also include Marine operations also.
The new department would cover the waterways then the new fireboat would be justified. The cost are spread across the whole department. The coverage is expanded,costs are lowered.
The problem is many egos get in the way due to the fact that some will not allow change.
I believe that no one wants to not have Public Safety. It is where the waste of dollars are duplicated due to lack of creative thinking is where I and many others have issues.
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