Rarely in this discussion do the potential merits, or demerits, of the idea come to the surface.
The idea of consolidating 17,000 police forces into roughly 1,000 regional departments is quickly rejected as radical, unsettling, and not feasible for many reasons.
In warmer months, officers traditionally involved in liquor law enforcement are helping Marine Police with cracking down on drunken boaters and underage drinking on the waterways and around marinas, Collier said. Collier said motorists should soon be able to renew their driver's licenses online.
Together, they have 1,400 employees, including 850 officers with arrest powers.
Collier said the consolidation was largely completed when the state's new fiscal year began Oct.
Collier said the savings projections weren't based on the final legislation that passed.
He said he would like to invest savings back into the agency to increase the number of officers patrolling Alabama's highways. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, who sponsored the consolidation legislation, said he's pleased with how the merger has gone, but he questions pouring all the savings back into the agency.
The merger legislation provided that no one would be laid off.
Instead, supporters expected savings when management employees retired and weren't replaced and when support services, such as radio systems and fleet management offices, were combined.
Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier, 41, stands in front of a Police Officer's Memorial statue at the state capitol, Tueday, Dec. Collier oversaw a merger of 12 agencies to make the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, "It is the largest realignment of law enforcement resources in the history of the state," Collier said.
Alabama's massive consolidation of law enforcement agencies has been completed ahead of the Jan.
1 deadline, and the most visible sign of the merger is more patrols on the busy highways during holidays.
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama's massive consolidation of law enforcement agencies has been completed ahead of the Jan.
1 deadline, and the most visible sign of the merger is more patrols on the busy highways during holidays. Robert Bentley said the consolidation is good for the taxpayers.