The question of whether to consolidate emergency services has gained traction in Marion county, where a task force recommended merging the fire and sheriff's offices early this week. A renewed proposal Friday to merge the Alachua County Sheriff's Office with the Gainesville Police Department brought out strong emotions. Some law enforcement professionals said it will save money while others argued it's a power grab.
"This is merely about discussing what may be a better option for law enforcement delivery in Alachua county. That's it. Let the chips fall where they may," said Brandon Kutner with the local chapter of the Police Benevolent Association.
"I think sometimes quality is better over quantity and what we are advocating for right now is quantity over quality," said Jeff McAdams with the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.
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