Southwestern, York Area police boards to discuss potential coverage
Members of the York Area Regional's board will meet later this month with Southwestern Regional Police Department representatives to discuss potentially providing service to Southwestern's remaining municipalities.
The talks come less than two months after North Codorus Township, Southwestern's largest contributor, voted to contract service from Northern York County Regional Police in 2020.
York Area Chief Tim Damon said York Area Regional's board will be presenting service proposals to Heidelberg Township, Manheim Township and Spring Grove.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the York Area Regional Police station at 33 Oak Street in York Township.
North Codorus Township, Southwestern's largest contributor, is switching to Northern York County Regional Police beginning in January.
North Codorus officials have cited rising costs with Southwestern as the reason behind the departure. The township pays about $1 million for service, which is roughly half the department's budget.
Since then, Southwestern board members have discussed potentially having other departments provide service to the remaining municipalities, including Northern Regional and Southern Regional.
Damon said if all goes smoothly and the municipalities agree to switch to York Area Regional, the department could provide services to the remaining municipalities starting Jan. 1.
The chief said department officials will also look into hiring Southwestern's remaining officers.
“We have to look and see how that works with our personnel that we have now," he said.
Currently, Southwestern, which covers about 70 square miles and serves about 18,000 people, has nine officers and one part-time officer.
York Area Regional, which covers about 58 square miles and serves roughly 54,000 people, has 43 officers.
York Area covers York Township, Windsor Township, Dallastown, Jacobus, Yoe and Felton.
Spring Grove Mayor Beverly Hilt and Heidelberg Township resident Dan Schmidt, both Southwestern board members, had been discussing a potential merger with Southern Regional and had planned to have another meeting with department officials, but they decided to postpone that until they receive information from York Area Regional.
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