"I lived it for 25 years," Whitford said. "The police are always hearing the department isn't going to be around much longer; that they're not needed. It's terrible for morale.
"It bothers me to have anybody on a committee who thinks like that," he continued. "They should be working to help the police and the community."
Whitford said Ti residents would be shocked if they knew what local officers deal with on a regular basis.
Supervisor Bob Dedrick has pointed out the success of the Ti PD. Citing statistics from the Essex County District Attorney, he noted Ticonderoga had 488 cases filed in 2008 - 25 percent of all criminal activity reported in the county. There were 55 felony arrests, 290 misdemeanors and 143 violations.
Lake Placid was the second-highest in reported crime with 230 cases.
Dedrick said those statistics don't show Ticonderoga to be crime-ridden; they show the Ti PD is doing an excellent job.