The current issue of your paper is very interesting concerning the proposed incorporation of the village of Edgemont.

It is my opinion that such a proposal is totally irrational from a fiscal and logistical viewpoint.

I am a retired NYC police captain with 32 years’ experience in law enforcement, so let’s start with having a police force. The cost of one police officer is well north of $150,000 a year — salary, pension, lifetime health benefits. It takes four officers to fill one position, as their unit works around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A specialized emergency and SWAT team is needed — three officers, a supervisor, seven days a week, around the clock. The specialized vehicle must be equipped with automatic weapons, shotguns, shields, vests, stun and smoke grenades, etc.

A specialized building is needed with cells for detainees, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This foolish proposal is being pushed by a few people on an ego trip, maybe seeking political positions in the new village.

Add on the costs of a highway department, trash collection, etc. Totally unrealistic.

Finally, the people of Edgemont have an absolute right to vote on this matter.

THOMAS CUNNINGHAM

Hartsdale

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