Scrutinizing the Shared Police Agreement

By Erika Mahoney

Scrutinizing the Shared Police Agreement

September 24, 2012 Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Johnson City is taking a close look at their shared police chief and assistant chief agreement with Binghamton.

A special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25, begs the question... could there be a big change to the police department?

The Intermunicipal Agreements took effect in 2010, providing both Johnson City and Binghamton annual savings through the consolidation.

Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan said based on his calculations, the agreement is saving Johnson City $208,000 and Binghamton just over $100,000.

As part of the agreement, there must be a 90 day warning period if one of the municipalities wants out.

"Yeah money is the bottom line on a lot of things," said Mayor Deemie. "But you know, we have to look at everything to see, like I said, what is best for the village. There is a lot of speculation on a lot of things. We are just doing our due diligence as a board, for the people of Johnson City. We are looking at an agreement that is about ready to terminate, to see if it is working for us, if it is doing what it is supposed to do."

"I would suggest, based on what I've seen, that they are getting better service," said Mayor Ryan. "So I'm hoping they keep it in place because it saves them money, it saves us money, and I think that is what the citizens want."

Mayor Ryan said Binghamton Police will provide Johnson City a list of accomplishments it believes the agreement has achieved over the past two years.

Mayor Deemie says the board will make a decision on the future of the agreement by October 3.

Deemie would not comment on whether any board members were pushing to end the partnership.

A special meeting to discuss the agreement will take place Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Johnson City Village Hall.

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