Is consolidation just a way to dilute city crime statistics?

No – while it’s true that consolidation could lead to a different, and arguably more representative, calculation of crime statistics, that is not the driving factor in this conversation. In their study of policing in St. Louis, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) determined that regional fragmentation undermines effective policing — making officers’ jobs harder and citizens less safe. The recommendation of PERF and of the Task Force for one professional, accredited police department serving the entire area would allow for access by police to regional resources to help address substantive crime issues in the region.

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