Bergen County Officials Reject Plan To Absorb Policing Responsibilities In Demarest
DEMAREST, N.J. (AP) _ Bergen County officials have rejected a plan to have the county handle policing in a northern New Jersey town that voted to dissolve its police department.
The Record newspaper reports that the Bergen County Freeholders board voted 4-3 Friday to reject a contract that would have the Bergen County Police handle law enforcement in Demarest.
Demarest officials voted earlier this month to dissolve the town’s 13-member police force, believing it could save $400,000 a year in costs by merging with the Bergen County police.
In addition to the county police, Bergen County has more than 60 police departments and a sheriff’s department.
State officials have been urging consolidation as a way to save taxpayer money.
Freeholders who oppose the merger said the proposed savings aren’t clear enough.
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