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Voters turn down Montville independent police force

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MONTVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

Voters in Montville headed to the polls on Tuesday to decide if an independent police force should be created.

For years, state police have supervised the town's force.

On Tuesday, the majority of voters were not in favor of an independent police force.

Some town officials said getting rid of the state trooper position would save close to $200,000 in addition to any overtime costs.

Others, however, said the town would also pick up other expenses.

The Montville Police Department currently has 22 members with four open positions and an operating budget of almost $3 million, according to the town.

"It is going to cost more, no doubt about it, but so is the state program," Timothy May, Montville Council member. "So, we're going to be, no matter which way we go, we're going to have these costs."

Last month, the Town Council voted 5 to 2 to create an independent police force.

According to a town feasibility report, by 2018, costs for a trooper-led program would be about $3.6 million. The budget for an independent force would be about $3.8 million.

Police said their new facility, which was built in 2012, cost the taxpayers about $6 million. They said most of it isn't being used.

They also said a chief would bring stability and efficiency to the department.

"In my 39 years, I've been through 22 of them," said Lt. Leonard Bunnell, Montville police. "So that's considerable, and there have been a lot of changes over the years."

"It makes sense in terms of finances for the town," said Kristie Milligan of Montville. "It seems that way to me."

Following the vote results, no further details were immediately available.

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