Police force coming back to New Miami

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NEW MIAMI, OH (FOX19) - The New Miami Police Department is soon to be up and running again, after the village council passes a resolution to re-establish the police force.

"Getting the cruisers done, getting things like that done, the policy procedures going through that," said Kenneth Cheek of New Miami.

Cheek takes the reigns next week after being appointed as the new Chief of Police by the Village Council.

"The police force was disbanded quite abruptly without any public input, and the public came to the council and they keep insisting that the police department be brought back for the community," said Council member Paul Stidham.

Stidham says their initial budget to operate the department will be $90,000 a year for one full time officer, They'll also generate funding from a continuing police levy which brings in about $75,000 a year.

"So, we're going to start off small and grow as we need to," Stidham said.

Since the department was disbanded in August of 2007, the Butler County Sheriff's office helped fill the void, but with limited resources and funds, residents were looking for a more personal police presence.

"Personal service the community felt was lacking a little bit, that you get in your own police department, we'll be able to have dedicated officer for the 700 homes here in our village," Stidham said.

Residents like Donald Feerer look forward to having a more localized sense of safety for his three children.

"All the little problems that have evolved here in New Miami, and I feel that when we get a police chief sworn in and enacted that, little bit by little bit, it's going to make this a better community," Feerer said.

The new Police Chief will be sworn in next week, and then it's official, residents will start to see police presence.

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