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Fate of Germantown Police Department goes before voters

Sep 22, 2018 12:10 am
Amanda Purcell reports for Columbia-Greene Media that while the Germantown town board voted unanimously Aug. 7 to do away with the police department, voters will decide if it goes away in a permissive referendum Nov. 6. Resident Tim Otty got 73 signatures on his petition to bring the issue before town voters. “Everyone I have heard from indicates there should be some form of community-based police, although what shape or form that is differs,” Otty said. The vote to disband the town police department followed a June 26 assessment report by retired State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt who recommended shuttering the Germantown police, citing numerous deficiencies. Read the full story at HudsonValley360.com.