Lincoln Heights disbands police department

Published: Oct. 18, 2014 at 7:03 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2014 at 3:27 AM EDT
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LINCOLN HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) - The Village of Lincoln Heights has disbanded its police department.

The Village's police and fire departments were shut down Oct. 2 after it was dropped by its insurance company due to legal troubles.

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The fire department opened just days later but the police department remains closed.

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Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Mike Robison says they are now working with the Village to come up with a plan for the future. The two agencies hope to have a contract finalized in the next few weeks.

"All of the Lincoln Heights police officers have been invited to apply to the sheriff's office and we will vet their applications. They will go through the entire process just like anyone else would, you know, that would be hired on to the sheriff's office and as long as they pass the muster if you will then they will be accepted and we will bring them on to the sheriff's office as sheriff's deputies," said Hamilton County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mark Schoonover.

Until then, the Sheriff's Office is acting as the primary police enforcement for the area, Robison said. The Village also has verbal agreements with local police forces to help out until a contract is made.

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