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Colonial Alliance to Name Winning Bidder for Police Consolidation RFP

The Center for Government Research beat out two other firms, including one based in Haddonfield. A vote on awarding the study is expected this month.

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.

With a bid of $98,000, The Center for Governmental Research of Rochester, NY, beat out two other firms, including one based in Haddonfield, according to Haddonfield borough administrator Sharon McCullough.

McCullough was part of a group of representatives that reportedly conferred at a closed-door meeting in December about the bidders, which submitted their proposals in August 2013.

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Elected officials in six of the Colonial Alliance municipalities—Audubon, Collingswood, Haddonfield, Haddon Township, Oaklyn and Mount Ephraim—must ratify the decision to pick CGR; a vote is expected this month.

Haddon Heights has decided to not participate in the study, even though it was one of the original seven towns in the alliance. The potential impact of the study drew criticism from one police chief and a Haddon Heights councilman.

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 study 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 during which the study was announced.

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.

Editor Matt Skoufalos contributed to this report.
Rick DiRenzo January 15, 2014 at 06:26 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.
Sean Andrew January 15, 2014 at 09:38 PM
Thanks for searching for ways to save. Might work. Might not. Absolutely worth a look.

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