Residents, state representative express mixed feelings on police force committee in Beaufort County

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WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Beaufort County commissioners are continuing to discuss the possibility of bringing in another law enforcement agency. 

Commissioners Hood Richardson, Stan Deatherage and Randy Walker make up the Beaufort County police force committee. The purpose of the committee is to find out what advantages or disadvantages there are for another law enforcement agency.

Not all commissioners agree with their efforts. Commissioner John Rehbolz made a motion to disband the police force committee during Monday’s commissioners’ meeting, but the motion did not pass. 

During Monday’s meeting, N.C. Rep. Keith Kidwell and members of the community shared their concerns over defunding the sheriff’s office.

“I never suggested to this body or any member of it, that I would support, draft or assist in any effort to that effect,” Kidwell. 

Deatherage wants to assure people there will be no defunding of the sheriff’s office. He explained during Monday’s meeting that he’s hoping to keep funding the same. 

“I think that continuing to look into a county agency would be beneficial,” said Patricia Garrison of Beaufort County. “We would be able to look at the advantages of both types of law enforcement.”

Commissioners said if another agency is brought into the county, the sheriff’s office and its deputies will still be in operation. 

The next police force committee meeting is scheduled for April 29 at 6 p.m. in the boardroom located at 136 W. 2nd St. in Washington It is open to the public, and county commissioners encourage people to join. 

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