Those numbers would seem to prove the fulfillment of the money-saving promises made by the consolidation cheerleaders. According to Steve Conrad, current chief of the Glendale, Arizona, police and former assistant chief of police in Louisville, the savings they were promised never materialized.

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By September, Bell had scrapped its contract with Maywood, leaving the city to fend for itself and find new contractors for its outsourcing hopes.

The search for financial salvation is sweeping the country as local governments grapple with waning sales and property tax revenues.

The program on Police Consolidation and Shared Services (PCASS) at Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice provides a single-point resource on structural options available for providing police services in an era of dwindling budgets.

Police and public safety agencies have reached a critical juncture.

On July 1, local officials announced that Maywood had become the country’s first city to be fully outsourced.

Feeling pushed to the brink of bankruptcy, cities are trying to find effective ways to make do with less.

As the city drowned in deficits and faced multiple lawsuits, city leaders saw outsourcing as a light at the end of a collapsing tunnel.

Bell, Calif., the city that Maywood officials had tapped to run its services, erupted with a pay and pension scandal, forcing several top Bell officials to resign.

It is no longer feasible for many individual cities, townships and municipalities to maintain their own police and public safety entities.