There’s a certain charm to a small-town police force such as Chief Richard Leisey Sr.’s department in Mohnton.
“Our residents like to see our car,” he said. “With a small department, we know the people who are in town, who they are, where they live.”
Like a number of other Berks County police chiefs, Leisey fears that personal touch would fade if his department joined a regional police force.
But as budget cuts force small departments to work fewer hours, cut officers or even disband, the idea of a regional force is looking better and better to Leisey.
“We would have 24/7 (local coverage) again,” he said.