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Survey seeks public feedback on police services in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 December 2016 at 10:33 pm
Photo by Tom Rivers: Medina Police Officer Corey Ambrose directs traffic last month during the Olde Tyme Christmas celebration. Medina, Albion and Holley village police departments. Lyndonville also has an officer.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Medina Police Officer Corey Ambrose directs traffic last month during the Olde Tyme Christmas celebration. Medina, Albion and Holley village police departments. Lyndonville also has an officer.

ALBION – A survey asks Orleans County residents for their opinion on police protection, level of crime-fighting and cost for the service.

The survey asks 15 questions, and wants to know if respondents are village residents or own businesses in a village. (Click here to see the survey.)

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. (Click here for more on the study.)

Albion, Medina and Holley all have police departments that represent a big chunk of their budgets. Village residents also pay in their county taxes for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

A committee studying law enforcement services wants to get feedback from the community. The committee will 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.

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