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Police force restructuring saves Miami, Oklahoma money

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A Four State police department saves tax-payer dollars by restructuring it's police force.

The Miami, Oklahoma Police Department began re-organization process of its police force a year ago.  This week the department came to an agreement with city officials on the plan.

The changes include the elimination of some positions and pay raises for others.  It not only frees up thousands of dollars within the city, but Chief George Haralson hopes it will also make the city streets safer.

"I wanted to be able to establish a structure within the command that would allow us more efficient delivery of our services, along with supervision and accountability," says Chief Haralson, who took over the department last June.

The assistant police chief position was vacant, but the decision was made to eliminate the position outright.

"It was eliminated out of the budget in the fiscal year 2011-2012," says Chief Haralson, "That particular position paid about $57,000 a year."

Chief Haralson eliminated other positions, but also promoted three lieutenants and gave them a raise, and still has money left over.

"We have three positions now that pay an average of $27,000 a year," says Chief Haralson.  "(And) that's $30,000 less that came into the police department's budget this fiscal year, which will go into some other department's budget."

Haralson says officers in the new positions will have more responsibility.

"It allows me to have field supervision for that shift every day of the week," says Chief Haralson.

"It allows us to serve them better and be in better touch with the citizens," says Captain Thomas Anderson.

With increased safety, savings and efficiency, Chief Haralson says the department has come a long way in just one year.

Now that the restructuring project is complete Haralson says he will begin working on bringing  a police reserve and police chaplain program into the department once again.

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