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Cicero Police Study Committee continues research

Report due for review in August

The Cicero Police Study Committee, a nine-person council established in mid-April, has met four times at the Cicero Town Hall in closed-door sessions to conduct research and discussion over the town police department.

The committee was formed after Cicero Supervisor Judy Boyke suggested the town host internal audits of each department to explore cost saving opportunities, starting with the police department. The topic of consolidating the Cicero Police Department made waves throughout the community, a move that Boyke said she wanted to be calculated, if implemented.

Bridgeport resident John Winters, committee chairman, said there is much information to gather before the group can begin making suggestions about anything.

"Everyone has been very cooperative," Winters said of the input received from the 9-1-1 Call Center and Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell.

From the beginning, Winters said the committee would keep an "open mind" and be "objective" during every step of this process.

Thus far, the committee is working on collecting valid information on all aspects of the Cicero Police Department so the group "can get a better feel for where this is going."

"It's not a simple matter," Winters said. "It will take some time. It's worth doing right."

Cicero resident and committee member David Kirk agreed with Winters' stance on the study so far.

"I believe we're gathering a lot of useful information as we start," Kirk said. "Our charge is to recommend the best direction for the town and that's non-trivial."

Kirk said the group's "non-bias" approach has been key to the fact that neither he nor the other members maintain "preconceived solutions." The town is up against some population of assumption that it will assume a consolidation contract with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department. However, Kirk said the committee "is not in any way imitating what the town of Clay did."

Winters said he and the committee should have a better idea of the study in about three weeks. The final report is due some time in August.

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