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December 14, 2017

11/17/2017 4:03:00 PM
Hamden officials very grateful for passage of police/fire levies
Hamden Police Chief Kevin Neel thanks the public for approving the five-year police levy in the Nov. 7 general election and wants to continue the departmentís work in community policing and holding down crime. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)

Hamden Police Chief Kevin Neel thanks the public for approving the five-year police levy in the Nov. 7 general election and wants to continue the departmentís work in community policing and holding down crime. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)


RED THOMPSON, JR.
Staff Writer


The passage of the Hamden Police Levy in the Nov. 7 general election was greatly appreciated by Mayor Mike Woodruff and Police Chief Kevin Neel as they both spoke to The Telegram just after the positive results were announced. The five-year, six-mill levy passed by a 111-55 margin, and will ensure the continuation of the village's police department. The fire levy also did very well, passing 143-22.

Mayor Woodruff asserted the police levy's passage, as well as the fire levy, were positive steps toward enhancing the future of the community.

"I appreciate the voters for coming out and voting today and passing both the police and fire levies," said Woodruff. "We are working hard to keep the village moving forward."

Chief Neel also thanked the voters for passage and wants to thank former Chief Chuck Boyer, Mayor Woodruff, all council members and all the officers who have helped the Hamden Police Department to become an effective organization.

"I try to be firm, fair and consistent with the public," said Chief Neel. "We have strived to perform community policing and keep the crime rate down." The chief added the department is not perfect, but works very hard to do the job the public pays it to do. He also points out he is open about providing information to the council, the media and public about the department's activities.

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The chief stated he hopes to create a part-time officer position and wants to focus on the drug problem. He also wants the department to be a resource for home and business owners as well as tourists who need their assistance. He also spoke of the high respect the fire department has and wants the police department to garner the same type of respect.

Chief Neel added the department hopes to upgrade equipment and grow as the community does. He believes with new water and sewer lines, new sidewalks, demolitions that have improved the appearance of neighborhoods and improved Internet service, all are coming together to provide the village with a good future.

Again, Neel stated the department is a part-time one but uses time efficiently and as always, appreciates help from the public as far as tips and information are concerned. He reminded people the department can be contacted at 740-384-5359 or on their Facebook Page at Hamdenpolice.





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