MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.The Mount Kisco Police Department is currently working with the Westchester County Public Safety agency on a study to find out if consolidating the police department with the countys would be cost effective for Mount Kisco, Mayor J. Michael Cindrich said.
Cindrich explained the study will examine potential for cost savings, and would also have to be a long term commitment, and also a formula that would basically result in no diminished services or response time, he said. And what Im looking for is to actually enhance the response time and also enhance the police services we currently provide.
Cindrich noted that he hopes the study will be concluded in the spring, just in time for budget season. The study will not effect the taxpaying public, Cindrich said, and will make sure that in any scenario, the number of police officers will remain the same.
One of the criteria is that the all of the Mount Kisco officers employed by the village would have positions if they did transition to the county police, and that is an important issue for us, Cindrich said.
Police Chief Steven Anderson is currently neutral on the issue, noting that there is still time to be spent going through the study and waiting for the outcome. Until then, he hopes the elected officials will do what is best for everybody.
My belief is that this is a decision that should be made entirely on whats in the best interest of the public, Anderson said.
Cindrich, a police officer himself who served in Mamaroneck for 27 years, made sure to note that the officers on staff will not have to worry about being employed if the study concludes consolidation would be beneficial.
We recently hired two officers, we obviously made a commitment to them that were a stable community, and I for one wouldnt do anything to hurt them, he said. So part of the criteria would be that all of the officers we currently employ would have positions with the county police.
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