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Meridian police reduce hours in Williamstown Township due to staffing shortage

Meridian Township
Posted at 6:10 PM, Feb 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-16 11:00:49-05

MERIDIAN TWP., Mich. — The Meridian Township Police Department has cut patrol hours for Williamstown Township due to staffing shortages.

The new contract that went into effect in January reduced the number of dedicated hours Meridian police guarantee the township from 80 per week to 40.

According to a Meridian Township memo, the 2022 police budget allows for 41 officers, but the township only has 35.

After working with Williamstown Township Supervisor Wanda Bloomquest, they came to the agreement to reduce the hours and renew the contract through 2024.

Meridian Township police are still required to respond to calls. If staffing increases, they may increase the number of hours back to 80.

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