Endicott may lose police force

By Jillian Marshall

Endicott may lose police force

May 28, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 5:39 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A potential merger of two law enforcement agencies could eliminate the Endicott Police Department.

Discussions and negotiations among the village, its department and the Broome County Sheriff's Office are ongoing.

Mayor John Bertoni said Tuesday if the two departments merge, it will save the village more than $200,000.

Bertoni said that money is badly needed as the village continues to struggle with a shrinking budget, thanks to last year's reassessment of the Huron Campus. The reassessment dropped the campus' assessment by more than $100 million.

All current Endicott police officers will have the opportunity to take an equivalent job within the sheriff's office, except the chief. Bertoni says Chief Michael Cox would be offered a comparable job, if he wants it.

Bertoni says having the sheriff's office take over will not only save them money, but improve safety for the village's 3.5 square miles.

"We'd get more coverage. It's right in black and white. They're saying that we can start with 28 officers, right now, There will be 28 officers on the streets, and right now, we don't have that," Bertoni said.

Bertoni says if the merger happens, all of the department will stay in tact.