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Officials seek consolidation of city, county police services

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - In a letter sent to Mayor Mark Mallory and all members of Cincinnati City Council, Hamilton County Sheriff Leis says he has been contacted by city representatives about the feasibility of contracting police services with the Sheriff's Office.

"After careful consideration of the information provided to me, and review of Police Department proposed budgeting and organizational structure, I am thoroughly convinced that a single agency providing law enforcement service to both the city and county would significantly improve the quality of service at a greatly reduced overall cost," Leis wrote.

Leis said the city's proposed budget, which calls for the layoff of 131 police officers, "would be sufficient to provide an enhanced level of patrol services."

Leis also adds a consolidation would eliminate unnecessary and duplicative administrative positions, and focus those resources toward the delivery of police services, including more patrol and investigative activities.

He also noted the city and county have worked together in the past in areas such as the administration of courts, incarceration of offenders, law enforcement records keeping, regional drug trafficking investigations, provision of metropolitan sewer and water delivery service.

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