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Vote on Firm Chosen for Police Shared Services Study Expected This Month

The Center for Government Research of Rochester, NY, beat out two other firms, including one based in Haddonfield.

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.
Representatives of the Colonial Alliance, a group of Camden County towns seeking to save money on police administrative services, have chosen a contractor to complete a study on how to do just that. A vote is expected in six of the alliance municipalities this month.

The Center for Government Research of Rochester, NY, beat out two other firms, including one based in Haddonfield, as the choice to do the study, according to Sharon McCullough, Haddonfield's borough administrator. She was part of a group of representatives from the towns to chose CGR. Municipal elected officials must ratify the choice.

Haddon Heights has decided to not participate in the study, even though it was one of the original seven towns in the alliance. The remaining towns are Audubon, Collingswood, Haddonfield, Haddon Township, Oaklyn and Mount Ephraim.

Three companies bid on the job 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

Editor Matt Skoufalos contributed to this report.


Rick DiRenzo January 15, 2014 at 07:08 AM
A four month time frame to best determine how to increase law enforcement administrative efficiency without interfering with overriding public safety concerns, while reducing redundancy of services amongst agencies.” That is a short amount of time to visit and evaluate all these departments? Thats over $ 23,000 per month and doesn't guarantee the results will favor the goal they are trying to achieve. Why not just ask your Chief's to come up with ways to make the departments more efficient, how about looking at ways to cut down on costs with all municipal departments. This sounds very political and a step towards regional policing with Camco to help fund that department and provide the manpower they will need. This should be a ballot question, especially considering the recent ruling in Redd v Bowman which clearly states the towns voters have the right to decide these types of actions. I urge the Unions and Chief's to seek a legal opinion or take court action to make this a ballot question.
Yannis January 15, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Borough commissioners saying that this won't lead to us giving up our police chief, but an officer friend tells me that the study is going to look at rolling up our police chief. I hope commissioners stick to their words. Combination of our police chief with other towns would be 1st step in rolling Haddonfields police force up with the County. That'd be a mistake and risk to Haddonfield. Lack of priorties.
Eric F January 16, 2014 at 09:06 PM
The Commissioners are aware you can't spend over $400,000 on a turf practice field with limitless future expenditures and cut the role of the police chief to trim expenses. For all the money Haddonfield collects in taxes, years of infrastructure neglect and unpaid bills are coming back to haunt this town in a big way. Priorities must be maintained and that includes a full time police chief. The citizens of the town won't accept anything less.

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