Contracting or Purchasing Police Services
History of Contracts in Pennsylvania
Within the Commonwealth, there are over 200 municipalities contracting police services that span one or more counties.
Nearby Departments that currently contract: State College Borough, Knox Borough, New Bethlehem Borough, Decatur Township, and Johnstown City.
Sandy Township Police Department Contract Program
Communities have unique law enforcement needs, but they also have tight budgets. The Sandy Township Police Departments contracts program provides a way for municipalities to have local control and identity for their police, and to save money.
The ultimate goal of a police administrator is to provide the highest level of service for the lowest possible cost. Contractual agreements enhance the ability to achieve this goal by minimizing duplication of effort and maximizing efficiency by obtaining a quality level of service at a reasonable cost.
The Sandy Township Police Department provides personalized community service. Community involvement and problem solving are two integral factors of how police services are administered, and contractual relationships support and foster this philosophy.
Police Personnel are encouraged to meet the needs of the community. Therefore, the emphasis is on community problem solving and not departmental dictate.
The efficiency of an organization such as the Police Department comes from the depth and cost effectiveness that it produces and not by implementing a bureaucratic approach to community problems.
One of the most common questions asked by municipal officials when considering the contract law enforcement option is, “What are the benefits?” The answer, in short, is efficient professional law enforcement services with significant savings while retaining local control.
In addition, a contract with the Sandy Township Police Department offers many intangible benefits. These benefits are of significant importance as cost avoidance to management because the municipalities’ resources will no longer be required to perform these functions and Municipal officials are relieved of the burden of managing day-to-day policing operations such as:
In addition to the above, Insurance and liability costs, maintenance and operation of a police facility, purchasing of updated equipment and technology, and the reoccurring purchase of police vehicles along with maintenance and fuel consumption costs associated with those vehicles.
Municipalities can provide their smaller municipality with a higher level of police service from a larger municipality and its police department that they could otherwise not afford or provide. For example: A municipality can contract at minimal cost the same level of services that cost the citizens of the Sandy Township well over $900,000 a year.
In most cases, police services will be increased and provided at no additional cost or possibly less then what a municipality may have already budgeted for their own Police Department.
Municipalities that contract with the Sandy Township Police Department for police services have a large pool of professional staff of officers and with varied backgrounds, experience, and specialized training.
Many officers were previously employed by neighboring municipalities as police officers or may even live in a potential contract municipality making some very familiar with contracted communities.
All Command Staff have Supervisory Training from the Penn State University Justice and Safety Institute in Leadership, Discipline, Ethics, and Civil Liability.
In addition, the Chief of Police attends annual training from the Public Employer Labor Relations Advisory Service (PELRAS) which aids with the compliance of state and federal laws and regulations regarding employees and the work place.
All Field Training Officers (FTO) receive training from Penn State University Justice and Safety Institute. All newly hired police officers are considered probationary officers and are placed in the Field Training and Evaluation Program which consists of 3 phases and of XXX hours.
Specialized services include:
Specialized Equipment and Resources:
The ability to instantaneously tap into the vast resources of a larger law enforcement agency in the area, while maintaining a small town atmosphere, is without question a great advantage to contracting services.
The contract municipality would receive immediate access through police services to tens of thousands of dollars worth of technology acquired through grants and other funding.
Municipalities interested in being provided additional information such as a power point presentation and cost proposal may complete the Police Services Questionnaire PDF and mail or fax it to the Police Department.