Council to Hold Committee Meeting on Law Enforcement Consolidation Proposal
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Council to Hold Committee Meeting on Law Enforcement Consolidation Proposal

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis City-County Council will hold its first committee meeting to discuss Proposal No. 471, 2005. Proposal No. 471 will consolidate the Indianapolis Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department law enforcement division.

Council President Steve Talley said, "I am convinced that consolidation will provide adequate police protection throughout the community. This proposal gives us a starting point to begin deliberations on what our consolidated law enforcement department will look like."

Councilwoman Mary Moriarty Adams, chairs the Indianapolis Marion County Law Enforcement Consolidation Committee which will recommend the language in the proposal that will go to the full Council for consideration.

Chairwoman Moriarty Adams said, "The trips taken to Nashville, Louisville and Charlotte, gave us a great understanding of how law enforcement mergers have worked out and since we know what pitfalls to avoid, our hope would be that a merger provides for a smooth transition."

The first committee meeting will be a discussion on the proposal as it was introduced. Council Attorney Aaron Haith and the Corporation Counsel will give a presentation on the proposal and public testimony will be taken, but no action will occur on the proposal at the meeting.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: City County Building – Room 260, 200 E. Washington Street

The consolidation proposal was introduced at the September 19, 2005 Council meeting.

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