Ephrata Police Expansion Would Cover Adamstown & West Cocalico

By on September 9, 2015

A new agreement for Ephrata Borough to provide police coverage for Adamstown Borough and West Cocalico Township now appears to be in the final stages of approval.

Council members were briefed on the latest at Tuesday evening’s work session.

According to Lt. Tom Shumaker, the civil service commission will meet next Monday night to review a temporary change in civil service rules in advance of asking council for approval to hire additional personnel needed for the expanded police force. Shumaker explained that the borough’s solicitors are reviewing the final documents with a great deal of coordination under way between all three municipalities.

It was on Sept. 3 that the West Cocalico Township supervisors announced they had decided to contract with Ephrata Borough for police coverage beginning Jan. 1. It was also reported that Adamstown borough made a similar decision at its Tuesday, Sept. 8 meeting.

Both municipalities had withdrawn from regional police talks in the last couple of months and had sought proposals for coverage from Ephrata Borough along with other neighboring municipal and regional police departments.

Ephrata Borough officials had told Adamstown that coverage of that borough would be contingent upon West Cocalico contracting coverage with Ephrata.

Once all three municipalities have given final approval for the new contract, hiring can begin. Officials expect hopes that during October, November and December staffing can be prepared for the new contract to be enacted Jan. 1, 2016.

Shumaker emphasized that the changes to civil service rules would only be temporary and made in order to allow consideration be made to existing East Cocalico officers displaced by the shift in police coverage for positions with the expanded Ephrata Police.

No final details on the proposed contract were presented at Tuesday’s meeting.

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