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Falls OKs Police Share in Response to COVID-19

In an effort to continue uninterrupted policing in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Falls Township Supervisors approved a resolution authorizing its police force to assist surrounding police departments if necessary.

During a virtual meeting Monday night, the board unanimously approved the township’s participation in the municipal police COVID-19 taskforce. The resolution allows Falls police to serve in other neighboring municipalities on an as-needed basis, according to Supervisors Chairman Jeff Dence. Falls is in “good shape” so far, he said, adding that several police in Middletown Township had to take time off due to testing positive for Coronavirus.

“This just gives us the ability to help if they need it,” Dence said.

Police Chief William Wilcox said Falls Police officers are healthy and that the department is taking precautions to keep it that way.

Falls wishes to “cooperate with surrounding municipalities to ensure continuous and uninterrupted policing of their respective jurisdictions for the protection of the community and public safety,” according to the resolution.

The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Law enables a municipality to enter into an intergovernmental cooperative agreement upon the passage of an ordinance or resolution by its governing body. Municipalities can withdraw from the taskforce at any time. Falls intends to participate in the taskforce until the COVID-19 pandemic resolves or until their participation is no longer needed.

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