State Police Coverage Fee A Possibility Again?
We first wrote in 2008 about a proposal to have communities that don’t provide for their own police protection and instead rely on the state police for patrol to pay a fee for that service. Four years later, in 2012, we looked at the issue again and in 2014, based on the findings of a state study on municipal police protection, we provided a breakdown of where the state provides service, where municipalities provide their own service, and where municipalities rely on a neighbor or are part of a multi-municipal force.
In 2016, one argument over state police patrols of municipalities is focused on the money that comes out of the motor license fund that goes to fund state police rather than going to infrastructure. The director of the state’s municipal league stated that the time might be appropriate to once again look at a fee for coverage.