Exeter Township Supervisor Dona L. Starr has dispelled fears that the township is considering reducing its police force to help balance the budget.
“There’s one, two, three, four board members who have never even mentioned laying off police officers,” Starr told a crowd of officers and police supporters at a special budget workshop meeting. “I believe that the Exeter Township Police Department is the best in the county, and I want to keep it that way. I’m not willing to lay off any officers. I’m not willing to make any cuts.”
Starr’s comments at Wednesday’s meeting came after statements by Supervisor Kenneth A. Smith, who said he would not be opposed to reducing the police force to make up a $230,000 shortfall in the 2013 budget.
That number is down from an initial budget gap of about $400,000 in August.