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Public can comment on law enforcement services at 2 meetings today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 January 2017 at 8:27 am

There are two opportunities today for residents to comment at public meetings about a law enforcement study in Orleans County.

A committee of local elected officials and police chiefs are working with a consultant to see if there are better options for providing law enforcement.

Today’s public meetings include a session from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Hoag Library, 134 South Main St., Albion. Then another meeting follows from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ridgeway Fire Department, 11392 Ridge Rd., Medina.

Orleans County received a $36,000 state grant to cover about half the costs for studying how law enforcement services are currently provided in the county, and whether there are changes that could improve service and perhaps reduce overall costs. The county is working with the Center for Governmental Research on the study.

The committee plans to look at different service models, including possibly transitioning from village police departments to a county-only model. Or the villages may keep their police departments while linking for joint training, shared equipment and other projects.

CGR is working with the local law enforcement agencies collecting data on services, and will analyze ways for the service to best be provided in the future. The firm has a May 2017 to complete the report.

Residents can also complete a 15-question survey online by clicking here.

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