Butler Township sticking with plan to dissolve PD

Township extends deal with Sheriff's Office for two months.

(WDTN Photo/Jake Ryle)

BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Butler Township is extending its law enforcement partnership with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Butler Township meeting on Monday, May 23, 2016.
Butler Township meeting on Monday, May 23, 2016.

Township trustees voted on Monday to extend their contract with the sheriff’s office for another two months.

This comes after the board voted last month to disband it’s police department and have the County take over law enforcement for the Township on a fulltime basis.

Trustees say the move would save the township $26,000 a year.

That decision was met with much opposition by the people in attendance.

“The residents want their own local police department,” Trustee Mike Lang said. “They don’t want to be part of a larger department.”

But, other Trustees say the partnership with the county is getting positive reviews.

“I’ve talked to a number of people,” Trustee Joseph Flanagan said. “There are enough people that don’t come to these meetings and are looking forward to having extra officers on the street.”

According to Lang, the decision to partner with the sheriff’s department can be changed at any time.

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