Alamogordo plans to split its Department of Public Safety into separate fire and police departments.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports that a city memorandum indicates that the split approved by the City Commission Tuesday night will produce net savings of nearly $230,000 in the coming fiscal year.
City officials say the separation should improve training, retention, recruitment and morale.
According to city officials, police and fire personnel do not want to perform both tasks.
The new departments will come into existence on July 1 with the start of the next budget year.
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