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Fieldsboro Council votes to eliminate police department

Measure now goes to Bordentown for consideration

Cost cutting move would eliminate 4 positionsand save over $30,000 annually

By Bradley M. Koltz

The borough of Fieldsboro has decided that it would be more economical to have Bordentown City police provide public safety services. The agreement, reportedly worked out over several months between the borough and city, would have Fieldsboro pay Bordentown $28,000 annually to patrol the .2 square mile borough. The proposed arrangement would have a 10 year span and would reportedly cap annual increases at no more than 2%.

For Fieldsboro, the arrangement would eliminate two full-time and one part-time police officer positions, and would also eliminate the public safty officer position, providing a total savings of approximately $32,000 a year, or roughly $60 a year for every resident of Fieldsboro.

It is believed that Bordentown would not add to its force to provide the additional patrol and related duties.

While dozens of Fieldsboro residents had voiced concerns about the plan during an August meeting, no public opposition was voiced at this week's meeting.

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