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Decision Expected on Colonial Alliance Police RFP Soon

Members from the seven-town shared services group met Thursday to discuss the awarding of the contract for a feasibility study on police consolidation.

A group of local South Jersey police chiefs, seen here protesting an organizational meeting of the Camden County Police Department in the summer of 2012. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.
A group of local South Jersey police chiefs, seen here protesting an organizational meeting of the Camden County Police Department in the summer of 2012. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.
Officials from the seven-town Colonial Alliance held a closed-door meeting Thursday to discuss next steps in the awarding of a contract for a police consolidation feasibility study.

Police chiefs were invited to attend the meeting, according to sources, and the results of the discussion are expected to be released in a joint announcement from the Colonial Alliance member communities: Collingswood, Haddonfield, Haddon Township, Oaklyn, Mt. Ephraim, and Audubon.

Haddon Heights, an alliance member, already has withdrawn from the process.

Further details were not immediately available.

Three companies bid on the job back in August:

The RFP calls for a four-month timeline for the completion of the study from the date any contract is awarded. 

The stated goal of the request for proposals is “increasing law enforcement administrative efficiency without interfering with overriding public safety concerns, while reducing redundancy of services amongst agencies.”

It is not meant "to combine police departments,” Collingswood Mayor James Maley said at the July 2013 meeting of the Collingswood borough commissioners, when the study was announced. 

The potential of a merger drew some criticism from one police chief and a Haddon Heights councilman

Part of the challenge the RFP will handle involves the replacement of several municipal police chiefs, whose higher-salaried leadership positions have long been a focus of cost-cutting initiatives in Colonial Alliance communities

Collingswood has already signed agreements to share code enforcement officials and other labor as part of the Colonial Alliance
Joe Harrington December 07, 2013 at 03:04 PM
How much you wanna bet the local gang (Haddonfield) gets the bid, since they're only TWICE AS HIGH as the next lowest bidder! That's how the Queen of the Cooper's shills always operate.
David Siedell December 07, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Joe, these RFP responses are not apples to apples. The low bid only answered a very narrow subset of the RFP, while the other 2 were more broad based. Judge for yourself. All 3 are available here: http://www.haddonfieldnj.org/news/?p=1169
Rick DiRenzo December 08, 2013 at 08:44 AM
What Haddonfield and Collingswood is not telling the taxpayers is the fact that they may be loaning money to other towns in order to do this study. This is a political move by county connected politicians and any decision to proceed should be by a voter referendum especially if taxpayer money is being used to loan other towns to help pay for this study. How a four month study can effectively provide a decision for a town to make concerning this is questionable in itself. Where in the budgets of these towns is the money already set aside, if a town has this money sitting in its account it would be better used for debt repayments. I call on the respective taxpayers to request a voter referendum to proceed with this study and question the leaders as to how they found the $98,000.00 to do this! Remember, they pulled this prior to last May's elections due to it not be popular among voters. It may be time to replace some of the local leaders who are not providing a true transparency to the voters.

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