Villa Hills residents weigh in on outsourcing police


VILLA HILLS, KY (FOX19) - Villa Hills, Kentucky is a city of about 8,000 people. To protect them, they have a police force of seven officers.

The future of those seven jobs is in jeopardy because of some possible cost-cutting measures.  An idea is potentially combining the police department with a neighboring city.

"Whatever becomes of what we decide to do with our police department with whatever options we have, we will not compromise public safety or the level of service," said Villa Hills mayor, Mike Martin.

Wednesday night was the first chance residents had to weigh in on the plans.  Dozens of them called the plan 'outsourcing,' and say they're not on board with the idea.

"If we can outsource a police department, cities have outsourced their management function just as easily.  It's not a threat.  We're asking you to do the job that we elected you to do," said one resident.

One man, a former police chief in Ohio, says he's lived in Villa Hills for about a year.  From what he sees, nothing needs to change.

"Unless there's a compelling reason, I just don't see a reason to change," said John Vilagi.

But not everyone feels the same.

One Villa Hills resident says the community needs to step back, and let their leaders do what they need to do.

"Villa Hills is doing exactly what all of the other cities in the area do.  I don't know the answer.  That is why we have our elected officials," said one woman.

Another point brought up by a lot of speakers was the idea of putting this issue on a ballot and taking it to a vote.  Some of those people don't feel it should be up to council to decide what happens, but rather the people who use, and need, police services.

Council has not made a decision on the matter yet.

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