Suffolk head cop: Villages should pay for services

Thursday?s session at the Suffolk County Legislature became heated after Police Commissioner Richard Dormer announced a plan to charge some villages for county police services. Smaller departments like

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2008, 11:38 PM

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Thursday?s session at the Suffolk County Legislature became heated after Police Commissioner Richard Dormer announced a plan to charge some villages for county police services.
Smaller departments like Amityville rely on the county for detective investigations of robberies and assaults. Dormer wants to charge the village taxpayers specifically for the services their villages use. He says the current system has taxpayers in one village paying to support the use of the Suffolk police department in another.
Opponents say the plan would be like charging a village tax on top of a county tax. Amityville Police Chief Don Dobby Jr. says the plan would punish proactive police departments. ?You're pretty much saying if you are out there making felony arrests, we're going to charge you more money,? he says.
Commissioner Dormer says he'll hold off on his plan until he can negotiate with village police chiefs.


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