Just Do the Study!

Nobody thinks Bethlehem should hastily let the County take over 9/11 dispatch. Nobody is suggesting that:

Hudak said if city merged its 911 center with Northampton County’s, the police’s ability to fight crime by using strategically placed cameras throughout the city would be compromised. “I worry about us,” Hudak said. “If you have all those cameras and nobody’s watching them, what good are they?”

Hudak acknowledged that the cost of maintaining Bethlehem’s 911 center will continue to increase, and said the city will likely have to merge with the county eventually because of decreased state funding.

But he said he was wary of claims that a merger would save city residents money. “They would be transferring what they are paying in city taxes to the county,” Hudak said. “So are you really saving [taxpayers] money? No.”

Actually nobody knows the answer to that question, because nobody’s done the study yet.

Ask city politicians, first responders and residents to list all their concerns, and then try to figure out whether the County could deliver the same quality of services.

Is there actually a good reason why the county 911 center can’t work with the city’s police cameras, or are people just assuming that? Would paying some people to do that job from the county be cheaper than running the entire 911 center in-house? Who knows! Just do the study and then we can all debate the trade-offs.


  1. Oh good, another study by academics with faulty assumptions that only apply in policy class.

    Here’s an idea – how about a policy class that studies how many liberal benefactor/criminals smack women around when they get uppity?

    • Jon Geeting says:

      That’s just lazy anti-intellectual bullshit. People who study public policy model all kinds of different assumptions. Like I said, let’s hear what all the concerns are and then explore them in detail.

  2. I was going to say you’ve been around long enough to see “studies” that were not designed to find out the truth but to make a point. Faulty assumptions allow that to happen.

    But then I realized you haven’t been around long enough to to see much of anything so I retract that part of my comment.

    Let’s hear the truth and then go from there, I’m all for that.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      I know what the difference between “studies” and real studies is. I want to see a real honest-to-God attempt to figure out what the best course of action is.

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