The Southbury Police Department was discussed at the Wednesday, Oct. 23, candidates forum in Southbury.
A resident asked the two first selectman candidates if they will propose or promote a local police department.
Monteleone said he would need some questions answered first, starting with what a police department will cost and what the current cost is of the resident trooper program.
“Once we have an answer, I think we can discuss it,” he said.
Edelson said Monteleone’s answer was a good one and said that if reelected, he will create a committee or task force to evaluate the idea.
Three or four years ago, he said there was a task force to look into the matter but there wasn’t enough diversity on the committee. Some said the town having its own police force would cost the same as a resident trooper program and others said the opposite, Edelson recalled.
He said his goal is to create a committee that will do a better job of data seeking.
“We need to learn from that experience and try to see what’s in the best experience of town,” Edelson.