I-Team: Community Concern Over Police Coverage


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)    Residents of Sugar Notch in Luzerne County say they will pack a council meeting on Wednesday to show support for the police department there have been reports that the Borough Council is considering disbanding the department in favor of State Police coverage. The Mayor insists there are no plans to disband the Police Department.    The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has the story.

Signs like this one in front of Sugar Notch Borough hall are popping up all over town. Urging residents to attend the council meeting Wednesday night.  It’s all because of rumors running rampant that plans are in the works, behind the scenes to disband the department.

  “One of the biggest concerns is a crime is going to increase. You know we’re in between two of the largest cities and towns which do have higher crime rates” Said Jen Mickle, Sugar Notch Resident

 Sugar Notch has a population of just under 1,000 people and covers a one square mile area currently two full-time and four part-time officers patrol the streets. If disbanded, the borough would rely on state police for coverage.

  “How long it is going to take in an emergency for state police to reach us coming from Wyoming or Shickshinny,” Noted Mickle.

 Mayor William Davis insists there is no “behind the scenes’ deal in the works to disband the police department. He tells Eyewitness News, “The rumors are simply not true. There have not been, nor will there be, any talk about disbanding our police department.”  

Despite the Mayor’s reassurances residents say they will still jam the council meeting Wednesday to let their opinions be known. One woman who did not want to appear on camera says the issue is too important not to show up.

 “It is a small town that is up and coming. We have warehouses coming in we have new developments we need protection.”

The Sugar Notch Borough Council will meet at 6:30 Wednesday Night at the Borough Hall.

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