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Posted on: June 6, 2017

City of Mill Creek Begins Comprehensive Analysis of Law Enforcement Services

The Mill Creek Police Department has contracted with the Center for Public Safety Management for a comprehensive analysis of law enforcement services. The study follows the City’s LEMAP study in 2015, and helps position the Mill Creek Police Department for the future by evaluating organizational structure and culture, and recommending a management framework to ensure accountability, efficiency and performance.

“We are excited about this opportunity,” said City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto. “One of our priorities budgeted for this year was to conduct such an analysis of our public safety services to help us identify how to take the department to the next level to set the standard for excellence for law enforcement. This is an investment in the City’s public safety operations and the future of our City.”

The study will take between four and five months to complete. The work includes a forensic analysis of the Police Department’s actual workload through data analysis, onsite operational reviews, interviews and focus groups, and patrol ride-alongs.

Anticipated outcomes include a SWOT analysis, identification of current operations compared to law enforcement best practices, calculation of service demands on the department, recommended staffing and deployment levels for police department operations, and recommendations to improve the agency’s administration.

This analysis is a planned work effort for the biennium. Over the last two years, the City has taken steps to improve efficiencies and smooth out Mill Creek Police Department operations.

“We have a picture of where the Mill Creek Police Department is today thanks to the LEMAP study conducted in 2015,” said Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin. “This law enforcement services analysis builds on that foundation and provides a roadmap of where we want to be – the preeminent police department in the region. Just because we are small does not mean we can’t be excellent.”

The Center for Public Safety Management is well versed in this type of analysis. It has conducted more than 221 such studies in 36 states and 185 communities, ranging in size from 8,000 to 800,000. The organization has been thoroughly vetted by the International City/County Management Association and is the ICMA’s exclusive provider of public safety technical assistance.

“We are excited to work with the project team, which includes law enforcement professionals with broad experience in all aspects of law enforcement, from patrol to administration and executives,” said Elwin. “This is an all-star team of law enforcement and academic professionals uniquely prepared to provide this service.”

The full proposal for the comprehensive analysis of law enforcement services, including biographies of project team members, is on the City’s website.
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