The Fire Departments have mostly integrated since the collapse of Myrtle Grove Fire Department last year. Good luck though convincing the county to give their employees the civil service that Wilmington enjoys.
Merging the law services is a joke. If I want a report taken to sit in some filing cabinet somewhere I'll think about calling the Sheriff's Department. If I want community policing and a level of competence I'll call Wilmington PD. WPD at least has the gall to call things as they see it and not put up a puppet show for the public that elects their boss. Not sure how you would merge a police department into an elected office anyway. You'd basically have to shut down all the PD's and allow the NHCSO to expand their services to the entire county. Good luck convincing anyone that is a good thing. Especially the beaches.
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