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Village of Phillipsburg Considers Dissolving Police Department
PHILLIPSBURG -- A police chief and five local police officers may be out of a job if the Village of Phillipsburg votes to dissolve the department.
In a town of about 550 people, it was standing room only Tuesday night at the Community Center.
Mayor Richard Myers and six council members wanted to hear from the public on having Clay Township Police take over patrolling the village.
Geographically, Phillipsburg is already part of the township and the mayor wants to see 24 hours a day, seven days a week coverage by patrol officers, something the current department cannot provide.
"If we don't do something, the township keeps coming in here they're going to start charging us for their time," says Mayor Myers.
But the idea of disbanding the department is going to be a hard sell to the rest of the village. No one at the meeting spoke out in support of the idea and almost everyone seemed against Clay Township taking over.
"Clay Township is 15 minutes away, 10 minutes away. I don't think that you're going to get the response time, I don't think Clay Township is going to give you adequate coverage and you are taking food and jobs from local people here in the village," says Douglas Aytes.
The council did not vote at the meeting but one is expected in a few weeks. Council will need a majority of four out of six votes to pass the proposal.
The Phillipsburg Police Department consists of five officers and a chief, so if the proposal passes, all six employees would be out of a job.
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