Future of Deerfield Police Department Decided

There are some changes ahead for the Deerfield police department. The Village Board voted 4-2 in a special meeting on Wednesday to disband their current police department. Members of the board voted to contract police services through Cambridge and Dane County.

Which could include closing the department, reducing the Chiefs hours, or working jointly with Dane County and Cambridge.

The Deerfield police department is closing for good. The Village Board made a decision to cut the budget by $30,000 and that has some residents asking why.

The police force which is made up of a police chief and two officers has been operating that way for years, but some board members believe the job can be done by somebody else.

"I think what we are looking at is better police services at a lower rate and whatever the outcome is I hope it turns out hat way," said Village President Arnold Evenness.

A room full of people for and against the decision came to speak out and voice their opinions, including the police chief.

"I think it's a mistake I don't think it's for the best interest for the village or for the citizens to eliminate the local police or to reduce the police staffing," said Police Chief Tom Cipriano.

Tom Cipriano has been the Police Chief for nine years, now 62 years old who has no idea where his next step will be.

"I have no plans this came upon us quite suddenly and were not anticipating anything like this at all," said Cipriano.

Residents like Harold Thorn say the police department was never doing its job and will be happy to see a change.

"We have problems with our police department, it's just not a budget cut we need a change," Deerfield resident Harold Thorne.

According the board, more money is spent on public safety then any other department in Deerfield. Board members say this will help tax payers.

"It's going to help taxpayers and bottom line is we have no place to turn we've cut every place," said Evenness.

The board president says the decision will be tested next year and depending on how it works they may look into other options.

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