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Upper Perk Police Commission reinstates police force

By Emily Thiel, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 17 2012 09:25:46 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 18 2012 08:23:13 AM CST
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The Upper Perkiomen Police Commission returns the police force to full coverage after laying off three officers at the November 26 meeting due to budgetary issues.

During their last meeting, held December 10, the police commission unanimously voted the two full-time, and one part-time police officers back to the force, as well as brought the secretary to a full-time position of 40 hours from the originally approved 32-hour week.

"Pennsburg came up with the money in their proposed budget," stated East Greenville Mayor and Upper Perk Police Commissioner Chairman Ryan J. Sloyer, "They're raising taxes slightly."

East Greenville and Pennsburg split the police budget with 45% for East Greenville, 55% Pennsburg. Pennsburg has a larger population and also a heavier police call volume, accounting for the uneven split.

The allocation amount for 2013 police budget is $509,551.20 for East Greenville and $622,784.80 for Pennsburg. In the 2012 budget, East Greenville had an allocation amount of $477,682.65 and Pennsburg had an allocation amount of $583,834.35.

"It's important to have our police force for the safety and well-being of our borough residents," Huff told 69 News, "We didn't want to go to State [Police] coverage."

East Greenville voted Monday night to approve the proposed 2013 police budget. Council member Tim Huff made the motion, which was seconded by council member Andrew Rock.