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Almont Board agrees to 24-hour police coverage



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July 02, 2008
ALMONT TWP. — The township board agreed Monday to a tentative three-year contract with the Almont Police Department, providing 24-hour coverage for township residents.

The agreement will cost the township $273,530 during the 2008-09 fiscal year, and increase incrementally to $282,285 and $291,977, respectively, during the second and third years of the contract.

Police Chief Pat Nael said the township's existing contract with the Almont Police Department expired on June 30.

He said the former contract limited police coverage in the township to 17.2 hours per day.

"Based on the population and amount of activity in the township, full-time coverage was warranted," said Nael. "I think this is a fair contract.

"The township is getting good value for the money invested," Nael added. "Anytime you can share costs (with the village), it makes it good for everyone."

Nael said no additional officers will need to be hired to provide full-time police protection in the township.

"With the part-time and full-time staff we have, we should have no problem with coverage," he said.

In addition to agreeing to 24-hour road patrols, the township board approved a one-year proposal to hire a school liaison officer, at a cost of $42,187 for the 2008-09 school year.

Nael said the school liaison position will be filled by Almont Police Officer Ryan Wilson.

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