Paris, Norway consider merging police forces

Posted April 03, 2012, at 9:35 a.m.

PARIS, Maine — The police chiefs in Paris and Norway say the departments ought to merge, not necessarily because it would save money but because a combined police force would better protect the residents of both communities.

At a joint meeting before both towns’ boards of selectmen Monday night, the chiefs proposed a one-year trial period starting in July when the departments would work as one until the end of the next budget year.

After that, voters would have a chance to merge the two departments permanently. Both towns would have to agree to the merger.

The Sun Journal reported that Norway Chief Robert Federico and Paris Chief David Verrier say a merger would put more officers on patrol and more resources into the investigation of serious crime.