Binghamton Council continues discussion of auxiliary police force

By Adam Chick

Binghamton Council continues discussion of auxiliary police force

February 19, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton City Council will continue to pursue an auxiliary police force to combat what they say is an increase in crime activity downtown.

The plan is still in preliminary stages. Police Chief Joseph Zikuski declined comment on the issue Tuesday evening.

But the last time police and council came together, the idea was met with fierce opposition from the Binghamton Police Benevolent Association.

Council members maintain they only want to help police in any way they can, and not steal officers' jobs.

"We're moving forward. We're reaching out to the best practices and trying to put something together to make Binghamton the first," said Binghamton City Councilman Bill Berg.

Berg said they're considering all options, including allowing auxiliary police officers use Binghamton Police vehicles.