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Thunderbolt Police Chief reacts to SCMPD demerger

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We continue to hear reaction from local law enforcement leaders on the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department merger agreement.

We are now hearing from the city of Thunderbolt's Police Chief on the issue of the possible future split. 

We were able to sit down with Thunderbolt Police Chief Bob Merriman, he used to be a captain with the County Police Department back in the day and he told us he doesn't think the split is going to happen.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department responds to many different types of incidents here in Thunderbolt to provide mutual aid. The merger is set to dissolve in February and Chief Merriman says regardless if it is, people will be protected. He says it's up to the politicians to work things out.

In the meantime he tells us there is talk between the different chiefs in the area about putting together a multijurisdictional unit, just like a SWAT team to respond to incidents outside of Savannah proper. But that's only in the talking phase for now, nothing concrete has been set up.

Chief Merriman says if a county police force was created he thinks it would be helpful to Thunderbolt. But he is very much so against the possibility of paying for or entering intergovernmental agreements with the City of Savannah for things like SWAT assistance. 

"Like I said, I think it is ridiculous," said Chief Merriman. "When I commanded those units as a county police officer and commander we were told we would go to any municipality and jurisdiction and provide a service to them."

Chief Merriman told us they haven't needed the SCMPD SWAT team to come into Thunderbolt. He genuinely thinks the split is not going to happen. 

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