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Committee Feels Police Expenses ‘Are Worth It’

Expenses for the Archbold Police Department increased a quarter of a million dollars over 10 years, Archbold village council learned during its Monday, Nov. 4 meeting.

Vaughn Bentz, a councilman and member of the council police and fire committee, said Kevin Morton, councilman, who was absent from the meeting, sent a chart showing department expenditures over 10 years.

Donna Dettling, village administrator, said she provided the information to Morton at his request.

The information shows the projected police department budget for 2019 is $980,000, up more than 9.7% from 2018 actual spending of $892,830.

Compared to 2009 actual expenditures of $727,159, the project 2019 budget is $251,841, or about 34.6%, more.

Man Unit

Dettling said in reviewing the budget, members of the police and fire committee talked about Archbold membership in the MAN Unit, officially known as Multi- Area Narcotics Task Force– a group of officers from several agencies, including Archbold, that only work on drug cases.

Dettling said the committee sees value in supporting the MAN Unit, “and we really want to keep doing it.”

Jeff Fryman, mayor, said the unit made arrests in some big drug cases.

Bentz added the police department now has an officer assigned to the schools. The school district partially contributes to the cost.

Doing Enough

Dettling said, “Are we doing enough, I think that was Kevin’s question. What more can we do?”

“It’s all worth it, in the committee’s opinion, to keep the community as safe as possible,” Bentz said.