Originally Posted by Fielder3
Wow, that is a lot of dispatch centers! They could save some money by doing what Oregon State Police has done and merge some centers. Not the the extreme (2 centers for the whole state) but try a regional approach in selected areas.
Based on just raw population and organizational sizes (and not on specific duties, crime rates, calls for service, etc), CHP and OSP are pretty close to equivalent in their relative numbers of dispatch centers:
California's population is about 10 times that of Oregon: 37 million in CA vs 3.
8 million in OR
Sworn officers, again close to 10x: CHP 7500, OSP 760
OSP dispatch centers: 2
CHP dispatch centers: 24
Just for something to do, I also compared the City of Los Angeles:
Population: 3.8 million (roughly the same as OR)
Dispatch Centers: 2 (same as OSP)
Sworn officers: 9300 (1.25x that of CHP, 12x that of OSP) - the difference of course being that LAPD is, for all intents and purposes, the only LEA for
the city, with the exception of a couple small, specialized LEAs, and CHP handling freeways within the city limits