Kilbuck police disbanded

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The Kilbuck Township supervisors voted 2-1 Tuesday evening to disband their police department and instead rely on patrols from the Pennsylvania State Police.

Tim Frew, chairman of he board of supervisors, could not immediately be reached for comment on the action, which took effect immediately.

"I opposed it on the timing," Russell Hardiman, who opposed the decision, said yesterday. "I thought more notice could have been given."

Mr. Hardiman said that he could not comment further, "because the matter with the union is not resolved."

The Ohio River community had a force of two full-time and several part-time officers who had handled patrols for the neighboring communities of Glenfield and Ben Avon Heights as well as Kilbuck. State police are expected to take over in Glenfield as well while Ben Avon Heights will rely on Ohio Township, which already provides coverage to several other nearby communities.

Kilbuck has a population of just over 700, according to the Penn State Data Center. While it is a relatively small community, its now ex-police force had an outsized reputation among motorists using Ohio River Boulevard because of the force's zealous enforcement of speeding laws.


Politics Editor James O'Toole can be reached at jotoole@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1562.


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