The Northern Berks Regional Police Commission voted 2-1 Monday night to disband the department which serves Maidencreek Township, Leesport Borough, and Ontelaunee Township.
With the room completely full at the Ontelaunee Township building, tempers flared as residents voiced their concerns about the decision.
It is unclear how things will move forward. Options mentioned at the meeting included the municipalities creating their own police department or using Pennsylvania State Police.
The Northern Berks Regional Police Department is scheduled to disband in six month. The decision was approved by Commission board members Gary Hadden for Ontelaunee Township and Mayor Granville Sandridge for Leesport.
Commissioner Heidi Fiedler of Maidencreek Township was the only vote against the motion.