End­ing po­lice merger could cost Sa­van­nah $9M

Rome News-Tribune - - NEWS -

SA­VAN­NAH — Dis­solv­ing the merged po­lice de­part­ment shared by Sa­van­nah and sur­round­ing Chatham County could prove costly to city tax­pay­ers.

Sa­van­nah city of­fi­cials plan to spend $1.4 mil­lion by the end of 2017 for costs as­so­ci­ated with brand­ing a new stand­alone city po­lice force as well as equip­ping it with new fa­cil­i­ties and tech­nol­ogy. News out­lets re­port tran­si­tion costs next year are ex­pected to range be­tween $3.7 mil­lion and $7.5 mil­lion.

Chatham County, mean­while, is mov­ing ahead with startup plans for its own po­lice de­part­ment.

The city and county merged their po­lice forces in 2004. But quar­rels be­tween both gov­ern­ments over cost shar­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of po­lice ser­vices have led to plans to end the merger in Fe­bru­ary.

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