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Village of Liverpool looks to save thousands of dollars by sharing services

— As a four-month trial period comes to a close, village leaders have expressed satisfaction with its shared-services agreement with its new part-time police chief.

At the Village Board’s monthly meeting on Nov. 19, Mayor Gary White and Trustee Jim Rosier, the board’s liaison with the police department, both praised Police Chief Don Morris who is serving as a part-time chief here while continuing as the full-time chief in East Syracuse. Morris works 20 hours a week in Liverpool and 40 in East Syracuse.

White, who is a retired Syracuse Police Department deputy chief who oversaw general services, records keeping and the uniform bureau, said Morris recently oversaw a series of training updates for his three full-time and seven part-time police officers.

“And the chief reports no problems” in sharing his services, White said.

“It’s working very well,” Rosier agreed. “And we’re saving money.”

On Aug. 31, Morris, who had served as the LPD’s full-time chief from 1999 to 2007, returned to Liverpool as its part-time chief replacing Chief Bill Becker.

The village of Liverpool could realize savings of more than $45,000 annually by having a part-time chief, White said. “Meanwhile, we have an experienced chief who already knows this department inside and out.”

October police stats

Via a memo, Police Chief Don Morris informed the village board on Nov. 19 that LPD officers issued 121 citations for violations of the state’s vehicle and traffic laws during October and made eight arrests for driving while intoxicated.

They also wrote 16 warning tickets and investigated nine traffic accidents. Officers made 142 residential checks during the month while investigating a total of 316 complaints.

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