Villa Hills, Kentucky is a city of about 8,000 people. To
protect them, they have a police force of seven officers.
The future of those seven jobs is in jeopardy because of
some possible cost-cutting measures. An
idea is potentially combining the police department with a neighboring city.
"Whatever becomes of what we decide to do with our
police department with whatever options we have, we will not compromise public
safety or the level of service,” said Villa Hills mayor, Mike Martin.
Wednesday night was the first chance residents had to weigh
in on the plans. Dozens of them called
the plan 'outsourcing,' and say they’re not on board with the idea.
"If we can outsource a police department, cities have
outsourced their management function just as easily. It's not a threat. We're asking you to do the job that we
elected you to do,” said one resident.
One man, a former police chief in Ohio, says he’s lived in
Villa Hills for about a year. From what
he sees, nothing needs to change.
"Unless there's a compelling reason, I just don't see a
reason to change,” said John Vilagi.
But not everyone feels the same.
One Villa Hills resident says the community needs to step
back, and let their leaders do what they need to do.
"Villa Hills is doing exactly what all of the other
cities in the area do. I don't know the
answer. That is why we have our elected
officials,” said one woman.
Another point brought up by a lot of speakers was the idea
of putting this issue on a ballot and taking it to a vote. Some of those people don’t feel it should be
up to council to decide what happens, but rather the people who use, and need,
Council has not made a decision on the matter yet.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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