GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - The Glens Falls Police Department has served the City of Glens Falls for more than 100 years.
Now, talks of a possible take over by the Sheriff's Office could dissolve the department in the future. The idea was first introduced by councilmember James Brock.
Brock says Tuesday night the City Council voted to request the Division of Criminal Justice Services and Warren County Sheriff Bud York to conduct two seperate studies to learn about the cost and feasability of consolidating.
"What man power it would take, how many more patrol officers we would need, how many more supervisors," said Sheriff York.
He says these factors will be considered in order to ensure public safety within the city if he conducts the study with the county's approval.
"My thoughts are I will do whatever the county wants me to do if they think they can save money. I certainly can do it," he added.
York was also quick to admit if the consolidation ever happened, it's not something he would look forward to since it means a larger workload for his department.
Police Chief of the Glens Falls Police Department says, "It's a city; a city needs a police department." The Police Chief says he has 31 officers on his force and there is no gaurantee all the positions would be kept.
Brock explained, "The sheriff would take the Chief's position."
However, he also added it would reduce taxes in the city for residents significantly, up to 40%, he said.
The Police Chief says it could be months before DCJS completes its study and the Sheriff says he will start one after the county gives him the green light.
Sheriff York says his study would take a couple of months.
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