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Silverton considers getting rid of police department

SILVERTON, Ohio (WKRC) -- The village of Silverton is considering doing away with its police department and contracting with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office instead.

The village will hold two town hall meetings to find out what residents think about the proposal.

Due to resignations and retirements, Silverton only has five sworn police officers. It has already contracted for supplemental services with the Sheriff since last June. Two years ago, Silverton's police department had ten officers.

The village manager analyzed three options for law enforcement in Silverton. They were reconstituting the police department, continuing the hybrid approach of using both its own officers and having some help from the sheriff, and doing away with its police department entirely. The village manager has recommended relying completely on a contract with the sheriff's office.

The town hall meetings are set for March 3 and March 12. Both are scheduled at 7 p.m. at  Silverton Paideia School at 6829 Steward Road.

Click the link to read the village manager's report.

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