Consultant firm meets with Savannah City Council to discuss SCMPD

Consultant firm with Savannah City Council to discuss SCMPD

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The consultant firm hired by the City of Savannah and tasked by the police policy committee to analyze the management and operations of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department met with the council Thursday to go over how they'll be coming up with budgeting numbers.

Consultants from Berkshire Advisors are looking at every facet of the department and making recommendations they believe will help maximize the department's success.

Berkshire's representative said they believe this report will be technical but rational, and meant to streamline the SCMPD for the long-term, making it more efficient.

The funding formula determined by Berkshire will be implemented by next spring.

Getting that funding formula and determining where money needs to go will be developed over the next few months with the help of an advisory group made up of city and county leaders working hand in hand with Berkshire.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach said the recommendations won't necessarily be taken as gospel, and that ultimately the decisions will be up to city council.

"He'll look at it and say, hey, I never thought about that. Well OK, that's great. Or, I'm doing it this way, and I think it's the best way to do it. And OK, we continue to do it that way. It's not a change agent that we have here, it's a recommendation or validation of what he's doing," Mayor DeLoach said.

"This study is obviously not trying to tell the police department what to do, but to identify best practices. If we are going to do best practices, this is what you need to do, and this is how many resources you need to do it," District 4 Alderman Julian Miller said.

Berkshire Advisors' fees of $109,000 for the consulting service is being split by the City and County, 50-50.

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