Study: Augusta police exhausted, should do less

Posted March 11, 2011, at 8:16 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A study of the Augusta police department says the city should scale back the level of services the department provides.

Jerry Needle of the International Association of Chiefs of Police says Augusta’s first response capacity is exhausted.

He says if the city were in a different financial situation, the association would recommend adding more street-level police officers. But given economic reality the only option is to do less.

The Kennebec Journal quotes the report as saying that overall, the city is well served by its police, but a lack of funding has left the “organization devoid of critical functions and practices such as crime analysis, research, intelligence-led policing and problem solving.”

The $52,000 study involved interviews with department employees and anonymous surveys.