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Grand Rapids rejects sheriff's police proposal


GRAND RAPIDS, Wisc (WSAU)   The Wood County sheriffs department proposed to take over 24/7 policing of Grand Rapids. The idea was rejected by the town board yesterday on a 4-1 vote.

Sheriff Thomas Reichert made the proposal last October, and told the town board that using the sheriffs department for full-time police coverage would save about $38,000-a-year over the $420,000 the town pays to have its own police department. The plan would have provided four full-time officers for Grand Rapids. The cost-savings would have been the elimination of a local police chief.

Currently Grand Rapids does not have 24-hour police protection. The Wood County sheriffs department covers when the town's police department is off-duty. In November Grand Rapids voters rejected a referendum question that would have kept their police department open around-the-clock.