Delaware Residents Push Back Against Police Regionalization Proposal

At a Township Council meeting, residents voiced opposition to a police department consolidation proposal


By Rick Epstein

Hunterdon County Democrat

DELAWARE TWP. — Everyone who spoke at last night’s Township Committee meeting agreed that the township Police Department is just right.

The disagreement is on the township’s participation in a study, which is being conducted by the state Department of Community Affairs, of the benefits of forming a regional police force with Lambertville and West Amwell. About two-dozen residents attended the meeting, and several of them said: Don’t participate in the study. But the Township Committee members feel compelled to participate.

Mayor Roger Locandro defended participation in the study, saying that the committee has a responsibility to the taxpayers to consider anything that could save them money. But the committee members said they would refuse to sacrifice the residents’ safety to make those savings.

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