Combined Locks considers four options for policing

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COMBINED LOCKS, Wis. (WBAY) – The Village of Combined Locks is considering ending its contract with the Fox Valley Metro Police Department. First, the village wants to hear what residents think about the idea.

A public meeting will be held Tuesday at 6:30 at Combined Locks Civic Center, Mark Van Thiel Room.

Four different options are on the table. Two of them include contracting with the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office for 24/7 coverage.

1. Staying with the Fox Valley Metro Police Department.

Cost per household: $443.59

2. Contract with Outagamie County Sheriff as a Joint Effort with Town of Buchanan – Add 2 deputies to Buchanan’s Existing 4 Deputies and Direct Hire a Safety Coordinator to Serve Combined Locks Only.

Cost per household: $331.53

3. Start with Option 4 and Add an Investigator.

Cost per household: $273.81

4. Contract with Outagamie County Sheriff as a Joint Effort with Town of Buchanan – Add 2 Deputies to Buchanan’s Existing 4 Deputies – 6 Total Deputies.

Cost per household: $236.98

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The village administrator says the board is carefully considering the quality of service.

“There were a lot of questions as far as what do these options mean with regard to dollars and things like that. People also said we want to make sure the board considers the quality of service and not just dollars,” said Racquel Shampo-Giese, Village Administrator.

A vote is expected on Nov. 28. If the Village Board votes to leave FVMPD, the earliest the change would happen is 2018.