Wernersville to use South Heidelberg for police coverage

WERNERSVILLE, Pa. - Wernersville Borough Council has decided to move forward with new police protection from the South Heidelberg Township Police Department, as Robesonia did earlier this week.

Council President Stephen Price said one of the deciding factors was a cost comparison between Western Berks Regional police and South Heidelberg Township police.

"Our proposal from the existing chief, which was a great proposal with a little less coverage, was substantially higher than we can pay, than we will pay to South Heidelberg for coverage," Price explained.

Wernersville joined Robesonia months ago to dissolve the Western Berks Regional Police Department.

The chief reacted to the decision.

"I'm surprised," said Chief William Schlichter, Western Berks Regional Police Department. "Wernersville Borough had a police department since the 1950s. I researched that, however, they voted the way they voted. I think that the people of Wernersville are not going to get the coverage my people could give."

The chief said the Western Berks Regional Police Department will be no more at the end of the year. One community member thanked police for their service.

"We are only two blocks away and we see them around our corner all the time," said Amy Kreider, a resident of Wenersville. "It's really comforting to know the police are close by if something would happen and we would need their assistance."

Another community member, Rocky Ruth, expressed his thoughts.

"Well, I'm a little disappointed that we didn't keep our township police, but I'm more than sure [South] Heidelberg will do a fine job for us," Ruth said.

Pending final review of the contract with South Heidelberg Township police, the new agreement will take effect at the beginning of 2020.

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