Training and Awareness

How We Do It

PCASS invited Michigan sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, chiefs, public safety directors, other police leaders and police scholars, and a representative of the Michigan Sheriffs Association, all of whom have extensive experience in public safety consolidation and contracting to share their knowledge and experience in a series of videos.  The videos showcase practitioners and academics speaking about various topics related to public safety consolidation and contracting, including definitions, approaches to consolidation and contracting, delivering police service in an innovative or unconventional way, lessons learned, public misconceptions and community reactions to consolidation and shared services.

Introduction to Public Safety Consolidation and Contracting. (2:17) Jeremy M. Wilson, Director of the Program on Police Consolidation and Shared Services (PCASS), provides viewers with an introduction to PCASS.

 

What is Public Safety Consolidation and Contracting? (5:28) Field practitioners and PCASS academic experts define public safety consolidation and contracting. Practitioners also describe and provide examples of how their communities have consolidated or contracted public safety functions.

Why do Communities Undertake Public Safety Consolidation and Contracting? (4:33) Field practitioners and PCASS academic experts explain what factors drive communities to explore public safety consolidation or contracting options.

How Does Public Safety Consolidation and Contracting Work? (6:17) Field practitioners and PCASS academic experts explain the different models of consolidation and contracting that have been implemented, why a community might decide to consolidate or contract and what their first steps might be.

What are Some of the Lessons Learned About Public Safety Consolidation and Contracting? (5:15) Field practitioners and PCASS academic experts share the 'lessons learned' from various communities' decision to consolidate or contract services and the implementation of their strategies.

What are the Challenges to Public Safety Consolidation and Contracting? (5:06) Field practioners share the challenges they experienced while consolidating or contracting as well as how those challenges were overcome.

 

What are the Common Misconceptions About Public Safety Consolidation and Contracting? (5:37) Field practitioners and PCASS academic experts share the misconceptions that many communities and public safety officials experience with regard to public safety consolidation and contracting. 

How do Communities React to Public Safety Consolidation and Contracting? (4:40) Field practitioners and PCASS academic experts share various reactions of communities that have consolidated or contracted services. 

 

What is the Future of Public Safety Consolidation and Contracting? (6:08) Field practitioners and PCASS academic experts share their views on what the future holds for consolidation and contracting and why.