ALBION, PA. — Albion’s council voted to dissolve the borough’s police department on Monday night, overriding the mayor’s veto.
Council President Sam Steff said the decision is based on cost.
“The Albion Borough Police Department covered 28 percent of the time during the week. And that was basically Monday through Thursday, during the day,” Steff said.
For that coverage, the borough paid $207,000 per year, Steff said. That amounts to around a quarter of the borough’s $800,000 general operating funds, Steff said.
Two years ago, the police department was using half of the borough’s budget.
“How long can you sustain ... spending that type of money on a small community that has relatively no businesses, for 1,500 people,” Steff said.
Now, Albion is covered by Pennsylvania State Police.
“They basically were covering us most of the time anyways,” Steff said. “Before we did it, the people I talked to at the fair said we were doing the right thing.
“There’s a fraction out there that’s totally against what we did, but then we have to look at the long term, because of the fact that, budgetary-wise, most small communities are looking at that, and they are now disbanding their police departments.”
PSP response times vary between 10 and 20 minutes, Steff said.
“I’m not worried about it,” he said.
Other Albion officials, including the mayor and borough administrator, did not return multiple requests for comment.