State Police Staying In Pulaski, Village Police Not So Sure

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State police want the public to know that their barracks in Pulaski is not closing.

Apparently there has been some confusion because the future of the village police department in Pulaski is being evaluated.

According to state police, they have received numerous calls from the public about their barracks.

State police said questions regarding the village police should be directed to the village's mayor or police chief.

7 News contacted Pulaski Police Chief Ellery Terpening, but he declined comment and referred us to Mayor Karl Hax.

Hax said the village is in the early stages of deciding whether to keep or abolish the police department due to budget issues and state mandates.

Village board members are expected to issue a report in the next three to four weeks, he said.

According to Hax, if the board recommends abolishing the village police department, there would be public hearings and a public vote on the issue.

He said the police department employs one full-time person, the chief, and eight part-time officers.

The 2012 - 2013 village budget includes $240,000 to $250,000 for the police department.
 
Meanwhile, state police in Pulaski said they will continue to serve the village and the surrounding areas.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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