You will need to weigh the benefits of dedicating an officer’s salary to planning versus the software cost, maintenance fees, and significant training and continuing education costs required to effectively produce similar results that can be obtained by outsourcing to Beacon GIS.  Unfortunately, if the officer is promoted or leaves the agency, the same initial training costs will need to be incurred again. You also may want to consider that the results produced in-house may have to be defended to outside decision-makers, the press, and the public.  With Beacon GIS’s objective analysis and recommendations, you face less scrutiny.