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Developing a Chatham Co. police department, recommended last in 2014

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Instead of relying on the Sheriff's Department to police the unincorporated areas of Chatham County, Chairman Al Scott believes, once again, there should be a county police department. 

"We've had a history of a county police and I think if we are going to do it separately -- I think that is the preferred way to go," said Al Scott, Chatham County Commission Chairman.

County staff will still look at all the options before making a recommendation and then County Commissioners will ultimately have to vote on it.

Back when the county was considering to pull out of the merger a couple of years ago, county staff looked at several options then, including having the sheriff's department police the unincorporated areas of Chatham County and what it would take to create a county police department.

The final recommendation by county staff back then was to create a county police department. Obviously that didn't happen, but here's what they came up with then.

In 2014 staff estimated they would need $13 million for police services the first year. The county estimated they would need to spend $3.5 million for equipment and technology. There would be about 134 staff positions. The County Police Chief would report to the County Manager.

Again, this is what Chairman Scott believes this is what the county should do, but the staff will have to once again make this recommendation. The county has already created a transition team and is asking the city to create one as well so that they can start splitting things up. 

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