Ardmore’s strategic plan results

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ARDMORE -- Ardmore city commissioners launched a strategic study to gauge the police department's strengths and weaknesses in the fall of 2006. The results are in, and commissioners will hear them for the first time Monday night.

City manager Dan Parrott got a sneak peak at the data and says the city got their money's worth.

The study was aimed to make the department more effective. He says if the city puts the results to good use, they'll do just that.

Ohio-based Berkshire Advisors spent the past few months learning the ins and outs of the department. Consultants met with employees, citizens, and business professionals to get their input.

From that, they developed a final report, made recommendations for change, and suggested a strict timeline for the department to put those changes in place.

Parrott says they paid particular attention to call logs to determine what times during the day call for more patrol officers on the street.

"We need someone independent take a hard look, open, honest look at what some issues are…talk about them and make recommendations how we can affect change," said Parrott.

The consultants will present their findings to commissioners tonight. They are expected to approve the recommendations and timelines.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday.

See the study in its entirety here.