SUPPORT THE WHITEHALL POLICE DEAPARTMENT
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Recently the Whitehall Times published an article regarding the disbanding of the Village of Whitehall Police Department. Such an action would deprive the citizens of Whitehall much needed police protection. The article proposes that the Washington County Sheriff's Department could handle the police services in Whitehall, but at what costs.
First and foremost the fine men and women of the Washington County Sheriff's Department currently cover 846 square miles of the County. By disbanding the Whitehall Police Department you would certainly increase response times to urgent situations. In a situation where minutes could mean life or death it imperative to have your local police respond. Just this past January Officer Katie Paddock received a call of a choking child, Officer Paddock arrived within minutes of the call and performed back blows on the child dislodging the obstruction and ultimately saving her life.
Secondly, the article states that the county would save between $70,000 to $100,000 dollars by disbanding the police department. Needless to say you can't put a price tag on human life, especially that of a child. Interestingly enough Whitehall Police Department is among the lowest paid police officers in New York State. Currently a police officer hired in Whitehall makes $13.45 an hour. That is $1.55 per hour below the New York State Fast Food wage of $15.00 per hour.
Lastly, our country is in the midst of an opioid epidemic which puts the Village of Whitehall in the center of several communities dealing with an abundance of drug arrests. You have to look no further then across the border to Vermont which is riddled with drugs and crime. To the north we have drugs coming across the border at an alarming rate.
The dedicated officers of the Whitehall Police Department are hardworking men and women who truly care about their community. Please support the Whitehall Police by signing our petition.
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