EAST GREENVILLE, Pa. -

"It was a pretty big shock to the whole community," Pennsburg councilman Cory Belmont.

Because for years East Greenville and Pennsburg shared more than just a border, they shared a police department.

But after a controversial vote last month that relationship has been severed.

In an online statement, East Greenville says "Unfortunately, our partnership had deteriorated to the extent that it is irretrievably broken."

People who live in both communities have concerns.

"It's gonna be longer response times because of the distance, it honestly makes me not feel safe," East Greenville resident Jennifer Hartzel said.

"We would lose some of our officers to make the budget work out," Belmont said.

Years ago, Red Hill left the regional department opting instead for coverage from Skippack State Police barracks.

"In the beginning there were concerns because the state police barracks was far away, we didn't know how it was going to work out, but it really has worked out very well," Red Hill resident Debbie Turner said.

A survey posted to East Greenville's website says 48 percent of 177 respondents were in favor of the borough exploring getting its own force for affordability. 41 percent opposed. 67 percent opposed state police coverage.

Signs supporting the Upper Perk Police Department have been put up in both communities.