A "Night Out" to Support Police
8/6/2013 (Updated 11:03:01 PM)It's an annual "Night Out" that introduces residents to their first responders and creates discussion about crime prevention.
"It's just the opportunity to come together as a community to make sure we are approachable as a police department and as a neighborhood watch and basically unite our efforts in helping to detour and reduce crime in our community," said Patrol Sergeant Laurie Sorensen.
The Village has been hosting National Night Out Against Crime since the 1990s but as discussions continue over whether to merge the Endicott Police with the Broome County Sheriff's office,
it was also a night for police and members of the community to show where they stand on the issue.
"It's important to show options, to explore possibilities but I also know having been here for quite some time the need of our Village and of the citizens who live here and I know that we provide that service exactly as they need it when they need it," said Sorensen.
Among Tuesday night's live demonstrations were T-shirts and handouts urging the community to keep the Endicott Police in the Village.
Mayor John Bertoni has said a merge with the Sheriff's Office could save $200,000. He says he understands why the department has come together in this way as the Village explores options.
"If they are doing something better than we are, maybe we can incorporate it. That doesn't say we're going to do this, it's just the whole board agreed to say, 'yeah, lets talk with the County.' That's all and that's all we're doing," said Bertoni.
If a merge were to take place all Endicott officers would join the Sheriff's Office and 28 officers would be designated to cover Endicott.
Although talks are in their preliminary stages, many feel the services the Endicott police provide are the services they want to see continue.
"I am concerned that we're going to end up in the shuffle if we lose our Endicott police. Not too many communities are left that have the personal touch that we have in Endicott where the police know our names, know our faces,' said Bobbi B
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