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Type of Jurisdictions Involved


Specific Jurisdictions Involved

  • Town of Bristol,
  • Town of Burke,
  • Town of Westport


  • Dane


  • Southwestern

Type of Agreement

Consolidation of Services

Implementation and Incubation

  • 2004 contract to share services between Town of Burke and Town of Bristol was initiated
  • Expanded to also include Town of Westport in 2006
  • Full police services were not required
  • Contract was to share services of a deputy providing specific services contracted through the Dane County Sheriff's Department

Factors Involved

  • Limited ability to police
  • Limited to routine patrols and answering emergency calls by the Dane County Sheriff's Department
  • No availability of targeted police services to deter undesirable behavior or to address specific complaints by residents


  • Increased service delivery
  • Reduced costs
  • Better service to Town residents


  • Town of Bristol paying 25% of the contract price for an average of 10 additional hours of police service per week
  • Represents an annual cost o $32,000, which is offset by citations written by the deputy when the deputy is in Bristol
  • Other benefits include better service delivery, more customization of the duties of the deputy to the Town needs and respond to specific problems in specific parts of the Town
  • Residents feel their concerns are being addressed better than before
  • Having a contract deputy has allowed the Town of Bristol to better use our membership in the Municipal Court as citations written in Bristol by the contracted deputy are run through the Municipal Court, with some financial benefit coming back to the Town

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