MY TURN: Consolidating law enforcement - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: Consolidating law enforcement

WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

The issue to whether to merge the city and county governments is a contentious one, but there seems to be less controversy over the idea of merging the Memphis Police and the Shelby County Sheriff's departments.

The current sheriff and the current police chief both say they support consolidation of law enforcement in some form, but as they say, the devil is in the details.

It’s a lot easier to talk about this type of merger issue when it's an academic discussion. It gets tricky when you're talking about consolidation of jobs that already have living, breathing people in them.

The roles for some people will be elevated in the new plan. The duties for others could be reduced or even eliminated.

There is considerable evidence that this law enforcement merger could be good for our area. So, it makes sense to ask everyone who’s involved in developing a merger plan to set aside personal interests and focus this debate only on what will be best for the future of Memphis and Shelby County.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

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