Law Enforcement Contract and Its Impacts
The Town of Lodi has reached an agreement with the
City of Lodi to provide supplemental law enforcement coverage in the Town. The Towns primary law enforcement agency will
remain the Columbia County Sheriff’s office.
The following is some information that you should know and some impacts
of this agreement.
There will be random patrols on Town
roads. These patrols will be at
different times during the day and night.
These patrols will not be limited to Friday and Saturday nights during
the summer. Patrols will be year round.
The enforcement agreement will allow the
Town to enforce its ordinances. The
procedure for initial complaints will remain unchanged. Initial complaints should be called into the
Town office, unless it is an emergency situation. In an emergency always call
911 first. The Town will attempt to
resolve the complaint or ordinance violation using telephone calls or letters
and it is only if that fails that we will involve law enforcement.
This agreement is for an average of 10 hours per weeks
and, as mentioned, is only a supplement to what the Columbia County Sheriff’s
Office provides. During the initial 8
weeks of the agreement biweekly meetings will be held with the City of Lodi to
ensure that both the City and the Town are satisfied with the results. The agreement can be cancelled with 30-day
notice by either the City or the Town, but it is our intent to have this be a
long term arrangement that is good for both the Town and the City.
I would like to thank everyone involved in negotiating
and supporting this agreement including Mayor Paul Fisk, Director of Administration Dona Newman, Police Chief Scott Klicko,
the Lodi City Council, The Lodi Town Board and more specifically Supervisor James
Brooks, who worked, along with me, on this agreement for the Town.
If you have any questions about this agreement, feel
free to call the Town office at 608-592-4868 or me at 608-770-7370.
Tom Marx, Chairperson
Town of Lodi