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West Buechel Police Department back to full-time

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A small, local police department is now standing on its own two feet.  The West Buechel Police Department is now back to full-time. 

"We used to live in a very bad neighborhood," said Minister Dominic Sitz, a resident of West Buechel.

Several months ago Minister Sitz moved his family to West Buechel to escape a violent neighborhood.

He said, "There was a lot of killings and just crime in general and I didn't want to raise my kids in that environment."

And in West Buechel, Sitz says he found good neighbors and a friendly police department.

"It's just a great little community. Because they're more personable with the community, they know the community," said Sitz.

"The department was shut down for approximately five years," said West Buechel Police Chief Jeffrey Manning.

Several years ago the West Buechel Police department was shut down because of a lack of funding, but now it's back.

Chief Manning said, "Right now we have eight full-time officers and four part-time officers."

And now that West Buechel is full-time, the department no longer relies on officers from LMPD's 6th division for coverage.

Chief Manning said, "We've been able to take over 24-7 coverage of the city of West Buechel, making all runs and supplying all police services."

Chief Jeffrey Manning says he also recruited seasoned officers: "Most, if not all, of our police officers that we have have at least over five years of experience with other police departments."

And those officers now cover an area from Newburg Road to the Buechel Bypass. However, the coverage is not cheap. It cost the city of West Buechel $900,000 dollars to operate the department -- and some taxpayers aren't happy about that.

"I do understand their concerns about having to pay more taxes, but I also know that they're getting a good service for the tax dollars they are paying," says Chief Manning.

Sitz says the officers are a familiar sight at the West Buechel Community center, where he pastors a small church. That's why he believes the $900,000 is money well spent.

"I think it's worth it, I mean, if my kids are safe and I don't have to constantly keep an eye on my children 24-7, 24 hours a day, I think it's worth every dollar," says Sitz.

The West Buechel Police Department can still call on Metro Police in case of an emergency; however, so far, that has not been necessary.

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