Ti police short staffed

Whitford said the best way to support the police department is to give it the manpower needed.

"I worked there 25 years," he said. "I saw it go from eight officers to four and back up. I know what they're going through."

Dedrick 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.

"When a prospective business expresses interest in Ticonderoga they always ask two questions," Dedrick said. "Do you have a police department? How is your school system? We're fortunate to have both excellent police and schools."

Choosing between support for the Ti PD and trying to hold the line on spending is a tough choice, the supervisor said.

"Are going to affect quality of life?" he wondered. "Are we going to be putting people at risk? Are our officers going to burn out?"

He didn't offer any answers.

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