OLEY TWP., Pa. - Oley Township plans to begin the new year with a new police force.
The township supervisors voted 2-1 Monday night to disband their own police department and join the Central Berks Regional Police Department.
The five-year contract, effective January 1, 2018, is worth $626,797, according to Mark Hoch, the supervisors' chairman, who noted that the cost is less than the $664,581 needed for Oley to fund its own 24/7 department.
Oley currently employs two full-time and two part-time officers, as well as a police chief, and relies on state police for coverage when they're not on duty, Hoch said.
Central Berks has offered jobs to Oley's full-time officers, along with better pay and benefits, Hoch said.
Formed in 1993, Central Berks currently covers Lower Alsace Township and Mount Penn and St. Lawrence boroughs.
A woman was killed and a man was injured in a shooting that happened during an apparent domestic dispute in Berks County, police said.Read More »
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