[Woodmere Mayor Charles] Smith said the village is talking to Orange Village about contracting out Woodmere’s police services.So, should we have or shouldn't we have - taken on Woodmere's dispatch services?
“We’re in a fiscal emergency and we are at a point where we can’t afford the police department,” Smith said. “The department represents 55 percent of our budget and for our small village of only five streets and 800 people, we are looking for opportunities to create sustainability.”
Last year, Smith said the village was going to do anything and everything to preserve the police department, but the current financial situation is not allowing the village to pay its bills in a timely manner. He is taking Orange Village’s $500,000 offer to conduct Woodmere policing very seriously.
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