Deerfield Considers Disbanding Police Department

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Could the Deerfield Police Department disband? That is something Village leaders are considering as they try to trim the 2006 budget.

Thursday afternoon, Village President Arnie Evensen sat down with Dane County's Sheriff to discuss replacing current officers with sheriff's deputies. The change would involve a contract with the county.

Deerfield is facing a tight upcoming budget, which allows for roughly $260,000 to be spent on police services.

"Dane County has offered contract service policing for other communities and it has worked very well. It is a thing we have to look at as part of the budget is very tight and it there is an opportunity to save 30-40-50 thousand dollars we need to really take a hard look at that," says Deerfield Village President Arnie Evensen.

The department currently operates with a Police Chief and two officers.
There will be more meetings and discussions before a decision is made about whether or not to replace them with contracted services.

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