THE WOODLANDS, TX – Law enforcement experts, including those currently providing public safety at The Woodlands, have expressed serious concerns about the law enforcement plan provided by The Novak Consulting Group and included in the planning study for the incorporation of the township.
The plan, which was approved by the board of directors as a blueprint for the creation of a new police service, significantly underestimates (by millions of dollars) the costs of providing police enforcement services. the law, neglects to plan many vital law enforcement operations, and fails to address costly compliance and liability issues.
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âWe have no confidence in the financial projections of the law enforcement plan. In our opinion, the plan falls far short of providing a reliable plan for ensuring public safety in The Woodlands. “
Tim Oettmeier, Former Deputy Executive Police Chief, Houston Police Department
âLaw enforcement officials had concerns about the validity of these numbers (from the Novak study), so whenever I saw the study by Chief Oettmeier, whom I have a great deal of respect for, he these were much more valid numbers and I was really talking about what it takes to run a police department.
Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson
âI support the recently published assessment showing a lack of funding for law enforcement by a future town of The Woodlands and see no valid reason to incorporate as a town. We provide excellent law enforcement services through my agency and the Sheriff’s Department, making The Woodlands, TX one of the safest places to live, work and play.
Montgomery County Police Officer, City 3, Ryan Gable
âThe township law enforcement plan is significantly deficient in many areas and does not include many fundamental law enforcement operations. It fails to properly identify and assess the cost of law enforcement operations and services, resulting in gross underestimation of financial projections. “
Joe Fenninger, Former Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer, Houston Police Department