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Nazareth Mayor is "Biggest Proponent" of Regionalization

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Regionalization of the is still on the table as is removed from the force and costs continue to rise.

“In the last six years, the police budget has grown 52 percent,” Mayor Fred Daugherty told borough council members Thursday night.  “Costs will eat you alive if you don’t put the clamps on them.”

Although costs are rising, personnel numbers are dropping.  Officer Eric Swanson resigned from the department on Feb. 1 and has been placed on permanent disability.  In December, Vanessa Cruz-Smith was terminated.

“We’re in dire straits in the police department right now,” Daugherty said.  “It’s council’s due diligence to look at this … we need to look at all of the possibilities and options.”

On , Daugherty plans to present council members with a template that will outline what the borough hopes to accomplish with current officers and what regionalization may bring to the community.

“This is certainly not a slap in the face of our current officers,” Daugherty said.  “We need to look at every avenue so we can provide the best service to the residents of this town.”

Studies have shown that can offer more services at a lower cost to residents. There are 32 regional forces in the Commonwealth, according to Police Chief Roy Seiple.

This isn’t the first time Nazareth has considered a police department merger. The borough was poised to become part of Colonial Regional when the department was formed in 1995, but Nazareth's mayor vetoed involvement, said Seiple, who was a Nazareth police officer at the time.

Gertrude Koehler February 05, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Why has the police budget grown????? Just look at the amount of beefed up security for Saturday's event at the Boro Park. 9 officers were appointed to provide security for the Mongolian Throat Singers that are scheduled to perform there. C'mon, it's not Guns and Roses! I highly doubt that the gatherers at this event will pose any problems. As a matter of fact, the only problem expected will be with the tight parking. The parking problem does not require the dispatch of 9 officers. Perhaps these officers put in for the overtime because they love throat singing. Even if that is the case, it should never have been approved for so many!
Gertrude Hillabrand February 05, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Why has the police budget grown????? Just look at the amount of beefed up security for Saturday's event at the Boro Park. 9 officers were appointed to provide security for the Mongolian Throat Singers that are scheduled to perform there. C'mon, it's not Guns and Roses! I highly doubt that the gatherers at this event will pose any problems. As a matter of fact, the only problem expected will be with the tight parking. The parking problem does not require the dispatch of 9 officers. Perhaps these officers put in for the overtime because they love throat singing. Even if that is the case, it should never have been approved for so many!
Jeff Watkins February 05, 2011 at 01:39 AM
I know for a fact that only two officers are being dispatched for Saturday's Throat Singer event at the BORO PARK. Get your facts straight before posting!
Matt Keglovits February 05, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Why has the police budget grown????? Just look at the amount of beefed up security for Saturday's event at the Boro Park. 9 officers were appointed to provide security for the Mongolian Throat Singers that are scheduled to perform there. C'mon, it's not Guns and Roses! I highly doubt that the gatherers at this event will pose any problems. As a matter of fact, the only problem expected will be with the tight parking. The parking problem does not require the dispatch of 9 officers. Perhaps these officers put in for the overtime because they love throat singing. Even if that is the case, it should never have been approved for so many!
Rosemary Noll February 06, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Why has the police budget grown????? Just look at the amount of beefed up security for Saturday's event at the Boro Park. 9 officers were appointed to provide security for the Mongolian Throat Singers that are scheduled to perform there. C'mon, it's not Guns and Roses! I highly doubt that the gatherers at this event will pose any problems. As a matter of fact, the only problem expected will be with the tight parking. The parking problem does not require the dispatch of 9 officers. Perhaps these officers put in for the overtime because they love throat singing. Even if that is the case, it should never have been approved for so many!

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