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FINAL POLICE DEPARTMENT CONSOLIDATION

FEASIBILITY STUDY

April 2011

TOWN OF CHESTER &

VILLAGE OF CHESTER

TOWN OF CHESTER AND

VILLAGE OF CHESTER

POLICE DEPARTMENT CONSOLIDATION

FEASIBILITY STUDY

FINAL DRAFT

APRIL, 2011

This report was prepared with funds provided by the New York State Department of State

under the Shared Municipal Services Incentive Grant Program.

2010 LABERGE GROUP

4 COMPUTER DRIVE WEST

ALBANY, NEW YORK 12205

LABERGE GROUP PROJECT NUMBER 2010034

Police Department Consolidation Feasibility Study Page i

Acknowledgments

The Town of Chester and Village of Chester would like to recognize and thank the many people

and organizations whose assistance has made the completion of the Police Consolidation

Feasibility Study a reality.

Advisory Committee

Chief of Police, Peter J. Graziano, Jr., Village of Chester

Chief of Police, Daniel J. Doellinger, Town of Chester

Town of Chester Town Board

Stefan, Neuhaus, Town Supervisor

Alexander Jamieson, Deputy Town Supervisor

Village of Chester Board of Trustees

Phil Valastro, Village Mayor

Philip Roggia, Deputy Mayor

Funding Agency

This report was prepared with funds provided by the New York State Department of State under

the Shared Municipal Services Incentive Grant Program.

Consultant

Laberge Group

4 Computer Drive West

Albany, New York 12205

Police Department Consolidation Feasibility Study Page ii

Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................................... 1

Purpose .................................................................................................................................................... 1

Study Methodology ................................................................................................................................. 1

Approaches to Consolidation ................................................................................................................. 2

II. MUNICIPAL CHARACTERISTICS & SERVICES SUMMARY .................................... 5

Police Expenditure Summary ................................................................................................................ 7

Location of Police Facilities ................................................................................................................... 8

Comparison of Existing Police Services ................................................................................................ 8

Workforce Comparison ...................................................................................................................... 10

Town/Village Emergency Dispatching .............................................................................................. 10

Comparison of Collective Bargaining Agreements ............................................................................ 11

Facilities Assessment Key Findings ..................................................................................................... 14

Summary of Criminal Statistics .......................................................................................................... 15

Calls for Service Comparison ............................................................................................................. 15

Criminal Statistics Comparison .......................................................................................................... 16

Traffic Tickets Comparison ................................................................................................................ 18

III. STAFFING ANALYSIS ...................................................................................................... 20

Staffing Analysis for a Consolidated Police Department .................................................................. 20

Applying the IACP Formula to the Town & Village of Chester ........................................................ 20

Applying the Relief Factor Formula to the Town & Village of Chester ............................................ 24

IV. COST IMPLICATIONS FOR ALTERNATIVE SERVICE DELIVERY ..................... 27

Alternative Staffing Models ................................................................................................................. 27

Option 1: Maintaining the Status Quo ................................................................................................ 27

Option 2: Consolidation without Staff Reductions ............................................................................ 28

Option 3: Relief Factor Staffing Model.............................................................................................. 30

Option 4: IACP Staffing Model ......................................................................................................... 32

Summary of Potential Savings for Alternative Staffing Models ........................................................ 33

Equipment & Contractual Expenses .................................................................................................. 33

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Police Department Consolidation Feasibility Study Page iii

Option 3: Potential Equipment & Contractual Savings ...................................................................... 34

Option 4: Potential Equipment & Contractual Savings ...................................................................... 35

Facilities ................................................................................................................................................. 35

Estimated Facility Savings ................................................................................................................. 37

Summary of Total Potential Cost Savings .......................................................................................... 47

Highlights & Conclusions of Implementing Alternative Staffing Models ....................................... 47

Preferred Alternatives .......................................................................................................................... 48

Tax Implications ................................................................................................................................... 48

Methodology ...................................................................................................................................... 48

Option 3 Tax Impact........................................................................................................................... 49

Option 4 Tax Impact........................................................................................................................... 50

V. RECOMMENDATIONS AND IMPLEMENTATION STEPS ......................................... 52

Recommended Model ........................................................................................................................... 52

Implementation Steps ........................................................................................................................... 52

APPENDIX A. REVIEW OF EXISTING POLICE SERVICES & RESOURCES ............... 1

Town of Chester Police Services ............................................................................................................ 1

Overview of Services and Procedures .................................................................................................. 1

Workforce ............................................................................................................................................. 3

Vehicle Inventory ................................................................................................................................. 7

Facility Condition Assessment ............................................................................................................. 7

Village of Chester Existing Police Services ........................................................................................ 10

Village of Chester Existing Police Services ........................................................................................ 10

Overview of Services and Procedures ................................................................................................ 10

Workforce ........................................................................................................................................... 11

Vehicle Inventory ............................................................................................................................... 14

Facility Condition Assessment ........................................................................................................... 15

APPENDIX B. FISCAL PROFILE ............................................................................................. 1

Methodology ............................................................................................................................................ 1

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