Police officers, led by Officer Andrew Laudenslager, pressured Supervisors last night to make a decision. He questioned whether Township Manager Timm Tenges is qualified to perform a study, a point that Tenges disputed, calling the matter a "budgetary item." Tenges promised to make his work, which he expects to finish in a few weeks, available to the public.
Laudenslager made a pitch for Colonial Regional, noting it is is one of only 93 departments accredited throughout the state. "You are holding every police officer hostage over your unknown plans," he complained.
Nagle told Laudenslager that he had no reason to worry. "Whatever we decide, you're not going to lose your job," he predicted, noting that a new police force would need its own officers. He also agreed that Colonial Regional Police provide excellent coverage. "They are the best in the state as far as I'm concerned; that's not the issue."
He also reminded officers that, several years ago, Hanover Township had threatened to withdraw.
"I think we're even at this point," he noted.
One Supervisor expressed concern over the tack Nagle is taking. "I don't want to lose police service," stated Martin Boucher.
Nagle assured him that won't happen. He advised that, despite the notice of intent to withdraw, the Township will continue to be protected by Colonial Regional until January 1, 2015.