SWARTZ CREEK, Mich (WJRT) - (01/09/17) - A police merger between two mid-Michigan communities is a done deal.
Swartz Creek city council voted 6 to 1 Monday evening to OK the move. Mundy Township already gave their approval.
The final move creates the Metro Police Authority of Genesee County.
"We're gonna be able to provide much more effective and efficient comprehensive policing agency to both municipalities," said Swartz Creek Police Lt. Matthew Bade. "We both bring certain things to the table that the other doesn't have. So in that that regard, the citizens of both municipalities are going to benefit greatly."
The joint agency means both departments will be working out of Mundy Township's station February 1st.
his summer, they'll move into a more centrally located building on Hill 23 Drive.
The goal is to have 24/7 coverage.
No jobs will be lost and we're told it won't come at a cost to taxpayers.
(5:30 p.m.) - If the Swartz Creek City Council votes "yes" to the merger Monday night, the two departments will begin working out of Mundy Township's Station February 1st.
This summer, the new Metro Police Authority of Genesee County will move into a building on Hill 23 Drive. It's a move police, businesses and people who live here are in favor of.
" Mundy Township right now has 24-hour on-call detectives, 24-hour on-call supervisors on the road, we don't have that here in Swartz Creek," explained Swartz Creek Police Lt. Matthew Bade. "So right away, we're gonna benefit from that."
Working together, the two departments will fill in where the other is lacking, which research shows they already do.
But, if they're under one roof, they'll be saving money.
"Right now we typically have one officer on duty during the day, Mundy Township has two," Lt. Bade said. "That's probably going to change to having four between both municipalities. We're gonna aim to have that covered 24-7."
Lt. Matthew Bade says no one will lose their job and taxpayers won't have to pay more. Two advantages business owners and the community are looking forward to.
"You have more coverage with more officers at a cheaper price. I mean, basically, it's going to be more cost efficient, if you spread it out over multiple taxpayers," business owner Teresa Spence said.
"You know, if there's ever a situation that requires backup, then at least there's more people who are working at the same shift," resident Katie Cook added.
Swartz Creek City Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday.
Councilman Curt Porath tells ABC12 News he's expecting the merger to pass. And if it does, he hopes other cities and townships will join the agency.