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3 North Shore Communities Consider Feasibility of Police Force Merger

Shorewood Police Chief David Banaszynski has pitched the idea of consolidating Shorewood and Whitefish Bay’s police departments, most recently in late February 2011, but discussion has now expanded to include the City of Glendale.

Three North Shore communities have agreed to take a serious look at whether consolidation of their police forces is a viable move.

Shorewood Police Chief David Banaszynski has pitched the idea of , but discussion has expanded to include the City of Glendale. Officials from each municipality have met several times to discuss the merits of consolidating police services, according to Shorewood officials.

In a memo, village managers, presidents and mayors from the three municipalities said consolidation would provide for:

  • less duplication,
  • economies of scale with facilities usage and purchases,
  • better training and more opportunities to train on duty,
  • better-unified command for major occurrences.

But it is apparent that a merger might result in some loss of local control and the ability to direct the local police department to address issues deemed to be local priorities, officials said.

The group of officials also agreed that when reviewing personnel costs, which usually account for more than 90 percent of a department’s expenses, a consolidation is financially feasible.

Banaszynski’s plan presented last February calling for a merged department between Whitefish Bay and Shorewood would eventually save each community $70,000 annually.

Officials say they will still need to dive deeper into how operational costs would be shared among communities, when villages and cities can expect the savings to occur, how to fund a new police facility and a timetable for staff reductions. Banaszynski has proposed a new police facility at the vacant AB Data building at 4057 N. Wilson Dr. in Shorewood.

The North Shore is no stranger to sharing services among municipalities.

There's already the North Shore Fire Department, the North Shore Library and with the North Shore Health Department, which serves Glendale, Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point and River Hills.

Most recently, Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and Glendale have

Jay Sykes June 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
@Mr W... I think the communications systems are unified now;Bayside is in the process of expanding their PD/village Hall to accommodate dispatching for all NS Police Departments and the NSFD. I think that all dispatch employees are on the Bayside payroll and the other 6 communities contribute, based on some type of formula.
David Tatarowicz June 07, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Unfortunately there are too many people who think like AWD that the WFB PD does active profiling --- and like AWD they are in favor of it --- although it may be known as White Folks Bay, there is no evidence that WFB PD does racial profiling. Of course when the AWD's of WFB go to the inner city in Milwaukee looking for hookers or drugs --- MPD does profile them as the reason they are probably there LOL
WFB-DAD June 08, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I must correct myself. I was far too generous with the $100 per household savings estimate. The proposed eventual savings (after the new building and other expenses are paid off) of $70,000 would only come out to $12.82 per household. I'm not great at math but here we go: $70,000 / 5,457 households = $12.82 per household annual savings; Or $70,000 / 14,163 residents = $4.94 per resident annual savings. I will forego an extra value meal from McDonald's once per year to keep our Police in Whitefish Bay.
Jay Sykes June 08, 2012 at 01:24 PM
The above story has Bullet points #1 -- 'less duplication,#2 --economies of scale with facilities usage and purchases'. It was sent out by the village managers I would expect to see a 7%-15% drop in annual operating costs from the initial merger presentation, maybe even 20%(the 'start-up',non building, capital costs might erase the operating savings for 2-5 years). These departments must be fairly efficacious, as is; it looks like there is no need to pursue this matter, as the loss of control appears much bigger than the savings.
Bewildered June 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Jay, you are 100% correct

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