Uncle Irvin: Police department merger good news
03/22/2016 12:08PM ● Published by Richard Gaw
While the coalition came to no consensus, New Garden Township and West Grove Borough are now in serious negotiations about combining the two police forces. West Grove borough has only about 3,000 residents to support its token police force, which is only on call for about half of each 24-hour day. By linking with New Garden (population 13,000) there could be a 25-person department with 15 full-time officers, and much closer to 24/7 coverage.
No doubt New Garden police chief Gerald Simpson, a leader in regional police forces, would be the chief, with a joint governing body. This cooperative effort looks very much like a win-win situation, and financially feasible without millage increases.
Southern Chester County is so preoccupied with outrageous public school costs that it dismisses infrastructure needed for prosperity and security.
(Uncle Irvin's column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)