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Berks-Lehigh Regional Police to Disband

After Upper Macungie decided to leave the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police, Maxatawny Supervisors voted Wednesday to disband the force altogether.

 

Maxatawny Supervisors last night voted to disband the that covers Maxatawny, Topton and Lyons in Berks County and Upper Macungie Township in Lehigh, according to The Reading Eagle.

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This comes a week after Upper Macungie supervisors voted to leave membership in the force.

Maxatawny supervisors took it one step further last night, and authorized its member of the police commission to make a motion to dissolve the force entirely by the end of the year.

Maxatawny Supervisor Chairman Allen L. Leiby, said the board’s decision was prompted by Upper Macungie's vote last week.

"That's the way things are going," said Police Chief Roger Heins this morning. "Once Upper Macungie made its decision, there wasn't a lot of options for the others [to keep Berks-Lehigh intact]."

Upper Macungie Township currently pays more than $2.6 million for police protection, significantly more than the other three municipalities.

Heins, who was not at Maxatawny's meeting, said, however, that each municipality has a lot of possibilities moving forward.

"It could mean they re-join the Northern-Berks Regional force, start their own force like Upper Macungie or contract services from someone else ... I know they are also talking to the State Police."

Heins said he has already offered his help to all the municipalities.

"My main concern is that I make sure all of our officers have jobs at the end of the year," he said.

The next meets on March 19 in Maxatawny.

has also scheduled a special Supervisor’s meeting for March 22 to discuss its next step in the process of creating an brand new police force.

What are your thoughts about this development? Leave a comment below.

Elsa March 08, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Are you kidding? Why did they build a building? If we are going to have our own for e let's hire from the outside please. No relatives of the zoning committee or the planning board.
Robert George March 08, 2012 at 11:21 PM
They built a building so they would have a place to put the Upper Macungie Police Dept, that building is the townships, not the police commission.
Robert J Gimbi March 08, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Thats Great!!!!!!, At least now, they will not wake me or my chiquaqua up on a Sat, and Sunday morning, while they sip coffee, and do useless stuff, like write down tag #'s in Green Acres Circles.......My Applause to Upper Macungie...:-)
Armand March 08, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I guess it is time for the township to ask Jaindl what he wants, who to hire and what to protect. We already know who they will be here to serve.
Elsa March 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
What is the upper macungie police department? I guess this is a done deal like everything else in this township. I am sure mr George you know who is going to be chief and how much this little force will cost. Hope it is not more than 2.6 million we pay now.

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