New Bloomfield recommits to police deal with Holts Summit

1 month 8 hours 39 minutes ago Tuesday, December 18 2018 Dec 18, 2018 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:31:00 PM CST December 18, 2018 in News
By: Stephanie Hamann, KOMU 8 Reporter
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NEW BLOOMFIELD - The Holts Summit Police Department will include New Bloomfield in its coverage area again in 2019.

The decision came during the Tuesday meeting of the New Bloomfield Board of Alderman. The contract will cost the town $35,000 over one year.

As part of the deal, New Bloomfield will give equipment worth $5,000 to the Holts Summit Police Department.

It has taken over patrols of New Bloomfield since summer. New Bloomfield's sole police officer was forced out for violating media policy.

New Bloomfield resident Cheri Wilson, who has criticized city leadership, said she was happy with Holts Summit's police coverage, but feels the equipment aspect of the arrangement shows a lack of transparency.

"They tell us in one meeting that the police equipment that they have on hand is junk," Wilson said. "But yet, at this meeting, they tell us that the city of Holts Summit is taking some of that equipment in its trade to the amount of $5,000."

New Bloomfield Mayor Terry Shaw said giving Holts Summit the equipment made sense.

"This is trivial equipment in the context of what we want to do as a city," Shaw said. "It's things we cannot utilize. It's things that a full-time police department can utilize. They were very gracious to give us $5,000 for it because it would not market for anywhere as near that."

The current contract, which cost $20,000 over six months, ends December 31.

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