Saugatuck may consider leaving joint police dept.

SAUGATUCK, Mich. (WOOD) — The City of Saugatuck may soon look into whether it should nix a longtime agreement with neighboring Douglas for joint police services.

On Thursday night, the Saugatuck City Council will discuss a resolution to create an advisory committee taking a look at the partnership. A vote on the resolution could come as early as next week.

>>PDF: Thursday city council agenda, including the resolution

Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday the state of police services has been talked about for a year. He said the conversation started because of city finances and that getting out of the police agreement could save it $300,000 annually. Currently, Saugatuck pays roughly $600,000 each year for the joint operation.

But the Saugatuck-Douglas Police Department is not happy about the idea. The two cities, only a mile apart, have shared the same police department for nearly 20 years.

“The people who live in Douglas go to Saugatuck to do their stuff. People in Saugatuck come over to Douglas. It’s one big community,” Saugatuck-Douglas Police Department Cpl. Mark Giles said.

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