February 25, 2018
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Damariscotta considers eliminating police department

The Associated Press

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Officials in Damariscotta are weighing whether to eliminate the town police department and hand over law enforcement duties to the county sheriff.

Selectmen will meet Wednesday night to vote on a proposal from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department to take over policing of the town.

Proponents say the move could save money.

Town Manager Matt Lutkus says the town’s department with five full-time officers, including the chief, plus several part-time positions, costs about $505,000 annually.

The sheriff says his department can provide the same level of coverage for $432,000 per year.

But Police Chief Chad Andrews told WCSH-TV that his officers have closer connections to the community, and know and are trusted by local people.

If selectmen approve the measure, it will go to town voters in November.

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