CERRO GORDO, Ill. (WCIA) — The village board is considering working with the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office. Members would like to have better policing for the area.
They want more trained officers, more resources and a better response time. It’s something they believe they can offer if the shift happens, but the board is not in full agreement.
At Monday night’s meeting, the decision was nearly split down the middle. Half felt this was a step in the right direction, the other half wanted to keep things “as is.”
Village Board President Brad Williams says there was a small problem at the meeting which may have caused the divide.
“Most people are a little resistant to change. Part of the issue was some misunderstanding. Some people thought we were simply eliminating the department and saying, ‘Hey county, come take care of us.’ That’s not exactly how it’s working. We’re negotiating with the county.”
So, the local police department would still exist and get help from the sheriff’s office.
Williams says there was a higher turnout at the meeting with about 50-people showing up. Williams says not having the local department as visible in the community could mean a lack of connection between residents and law enforcement, but he feels the benefits outweigh any negatives.