Yorktown PD future up for discussion
By Roger Cowan
Does Yorktown need its own police department? Is there enough activity within the city limits to merit the expense of staffing and equipping a full-time police force? Would it be more reasonable to have DeWitt County Sheriffs Deputies enforce the law in Yorktown? These are questions currently being looked at and discussed between the Commisioners Court and Yorktown City Council.
This past Monday, Yorktown City Administrator John Barth and Mayor Pro-tem Bill Baker attended the DeWitt County Commisioners Court to discuss the possibility of entering into an interlocal agreement with the county for law enforcement coverage. If adopted, the interlocal agreement would have DeWitt County Sheriffs Deputies patrolling Yorktown streets, and would see the disbandment of the Yorktown Police Department.
In the session, Barth noted that one of the biggest factors to consider would be the cost, and stated that at this time the city council was weighing options. With a current police department budget of roughly $320,000 a year, the council is attempting to ascertain just how much law enforcement coverage Yorktown needs.
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