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Contracting Helps Cash-Strapped City Add More Police Officers For Less Money And Better Service
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/3/2012 | Tom Gantert

Posted on 10/05/2012 8:28:44 AM PDT by MichCapCon

For eight consecutive years, the city of Pontiac broke the law by spending more for police services than it budgeted.

According to the city records, Pontiac violated the State Budget Act from 2002 to 2009 and was part of the reason why an emergency financial manager was appointed in 2009.

In August 2011, Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel worked out an arrangement where the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office took over as provider of police services for Pontiac.

The sheriff’s office brought in the existing 50 Pontiac police officers and re-hired 13 other former Pontiac police officers who had been laid off, and added 11 sheriff’s deputies to patrol the city.

The result was not just an extra 24 officers, but the transition saved $4.2 million while response time to calls dropped from 76 minutes under the Pontiac police to 9 minutes, 45 seconds under the Sheriff’s Department.

Pontiac spent $13.7 million on police services in 2009. That dropped to $9.5 million in 2011.

“Whatever services the city was providing before were high cost without high quality,” said James Hohman, a fiscal policy analyst with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “Governments across the state have the power to do a better job with the taxpayer money they receive. Residents should be skeptical when local officials threaten service cuts to justify tax increases.”

Bob Daddow, Oakland County Deputy Executive, said in an email the county was able to absorb many of the clerical and other costs that were used to hire more officers.

“The county absorbs the overhead costs as a good faith effort to assist local units in lowering their policing costs and think about it, we already had those functions with or without Pontiac,” Daddow said in an email. “In fact, because Pontiac gave up their dispatch system we actually can lower the county’s cost of maintaining their dispatch function now that it is rolled into the sheriff’s office.”

City officials applauded the transition.

“This is the best thing that has happened in the city of Pontiac in a long time,” Pontiac Mayor Leon Jukowski said in a press release. “It was the best decision for the community, the Pontiac officers, who are now sheriff’s deputies, and the entire city of Pontiac.”


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: city; jobs; michigan

1 posted on 10/05/2012 8:28:51 AM PDT by MichCapCon
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To: Springman; Sioux-san; 70th Division; JPG; PGalt; DuncanWaring; taildragger; epluribus_2; tatown; ...
The result was not just an extra 24 officers, but the transition saved $4.2 million while response time to calls dropped from 76 minutes under the Pontiac police to 9 minutes, 45 seconds under the Sheriff’s Department.

Pontiac spent $13.7 million on police services in 2009. That dropped to $9.5 million in 2011.


Emergency managers work.

If anyone wants to be added to the Michigan Cap Con ping list, let me know.
2 posted on 10/05/2012 8:33:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MichCapCon

Smells like there’s some serious auditing that is needed to be done at the city level.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 10:32:10 AM PDT by bgill
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To: cripplecreek
Great. Mall cops patroling the streets.

The Kenyan must go.

4 posted on 10/05/2012 3:46:33 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: ex91B10

Please read the article.


5 posted on 10/05/2012 3:54:06 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ex91B10

Where does it say anything about mall cops?

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6 posted on 10/05/2012 3:55:58 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears

Yeah, this is a good thing.

I’ve got mixed feelings about my little town having done the same several years ago but realistically, it hasn’t been a problem.


7 posted on 10/05/2012 3:58:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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