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Less Is More: North American Case Studies on the Amalgamation of Policing

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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American policing is mired in a stratified model of inefficiency involving nearly 12,500 standalone municipal police agencies. The future of policing requires increased attention to cybercrime, transnational crime, terrorism, and infrastructure protection that cannot be accommodated by small standalone police agencies. Canada shares similar experiences in the origins, maturation, social conditions, and opportunities in policing with success in amalgamating police services. This thesis uses comparative case-study research of successful and failed attempts at amalgamating police services in Canada and America. Analysis and recommendations show that amalgamation can best be achieved through large agency contracting, sheriff services, and state policing. Amalgamation of state policing is recommended based on Canadian case studies and American case studies.

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01 Jan 0001, 01 Jan 0001, Reissuance of thesis dated Sep 2017.



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