1."In the spirit of blazing trails, no pun intended, we're continuing to work our way toward a functional consolidation," Trustee Dan Wilbrandt said.
Freise said Monday's approval is "another positive step in working closer with our neighboring departments using shared resources.""It is an effort to use our resources in the most cost-effective method while raising the bar for both departments," he said.
Looking to share costs, other cities are consolidating their police agencies.
If that wasn’t interesting enough, just wait, there’s more.
Can’t decide whether to become a police officer or a firefighter? For over 60 years Sunnyvale has been cross-training all public safety personnel in the three disciplines of police, fire, and emergency medical services.
Beginning January 1 of this year the newly created Central Marin Police Authority will patrol the streets of San Anselmo, Twin Cities, Corte Madera, and Larkspur, after agreeing to merge their police forces last year.
And then there is the City of Sunnyvale, where they have successfully operated a fully-integrated Public Safety Department since 1950 (! It's a unique model of service rarely practiced in the West which consolidates police, fire, and emergency medical services into one agency, and has recently garnered the attention of many cities exploring ways to cut costs.