December 12, 2017
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  • Anonymous

    Send them to Bangor.

  • Anonymous

    This is one beautiful town. Much crime there?

  • Anonymous

    500,000 bucks a year ! How frig big is this town –5 cops ?

  • Superuser23

    I would be curious how many hours the county sheriff is going to put in then what the current police department puts in. Are they just going to show up whenever they want to for working the area? Is that why it is cheaper? They should analyze what exactly that “same service” is really going to turn out to be. Everything sounds good on paper at first. Finally, I would make sure taxpayers actually see the savings or the money saved put into something else.

  • Anonymous

    Remember Howland…don’t do it.

  • Anonymous

    Regionalization and consolidation has been long in coming in Maine. By using the Sheriff’s Office, you lose nothing but gain resources such as forensic science, seasoned investigators, and no proprietary expenses.

    • Anonymous

       oh please…if it cost the city 500,000 to run the police department, it should cost a lot less than 430,000 for the Sherriffs office. I would double check those numbers if i lived in that town.

      • Anonymous

        Tell that to someone who lives in a town with only a contract for the Sheriff’s Department, and has to wait most of an hour before getting a police response.  No disrespect to the SD, but, they can only be in so many places at once.
        They are being used, kind of like under-paid, over-worked blue-collar slaves…

  • What is the crime rate and traffic control problems. Does it warrant 5 full time police officers. Maybe shrinking the police department is a better option. Cut some of the police duties and buy into some of the sheriff’s office. Maybe some things can be better done locally and other thing done at the county level.

  • Anonymous

    HOW do they manage to have FIVE full-time officers, and several part-time officers, on only $500k/year?

    When you add in the cost of the equipment, cars, insurance, gas, service, training, etc, that’s quite a bargain.

    They should be commended for doing so much with so little!!!

  • Anonymous

    I am always dumbfounded that when a town says they are going to do this, that it gets reported everywhere.  You figure, if it does happen, every criminal will know it is the place to go.

  • T

    Keep your local police.

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