Analysis shows police merge did not save millions

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A 31 page analysis of the police merger shows that predictions in politics don’t always come true.

In 2007, the old Indianapolis Police Department merged with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. At the time, promoters of the plan estimated the consolidation would save almost $9 million for local government.

However, that didn’t happen.

The new report concluded: a “change of this magnitude is difficult to implement.”

And, it said a variety of factors limited the savings.

For example, challenges arose from the need to equalize salaries and standardize equipment. The promoters expected savings in personnel but they were largely offset by those other factors.

One insider told 24-Hour News 8 that those estimates came from the previous administration in the Mayor’s Office which, he said proposed and implemented the merger.

But, the analysis is not entirely critical.

In the last paragraph, it says: “Despite the lack of fiscal savings, the management benefits that resulted from the consolidation were echoed across function and organization.”

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