Selectmen: Colebrook police won't snub calls for help from neighboring town
Gorman reiterated Holt's point, saying he spoke with both Quinn and John Barthelmes, commissioner of the state Department of Safety, of which state police is a division. Gorman said, "we're sorry about that," referring to "the confusion" that arose out of the Colebrook letter to Stewartstown and Quinn."
Colebrook selectmen decided to give Stewartstown until April 30 to provide them with written notice as to whether they agreed to the return to what Holt said was the "status quo."
At the suggestion of residents, Colebrook selectmen said they'd consider annually adjusting the response charge to truly reflect the cost — including benefits and workers' compensation insurance — of sending an officer to an out-of-town response. Selectmen also agreed that they need consistency in charging the rates and may also require written agreements with the towns that receive police coverage from Colebrook.
Kennett said Stewartstown was partly to blame, noting selectmen there had done some "word-smithing" to find a way out of paying the $675 owed to Colebrook.
While Holt confirmed that in the past a state trooper on detail in Stewartstown had assisted an officer in Colebrook, Kennett clarified that the term "mutual aid" applies only to medical and fire services, not to police.
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