According to findings on page 40 of the 45-page report, "Our analysis of the data and information obtained throughout the course of this study supports our recommendation that Stewartstown Borough Police Department be consolidated into the Southern York County Regional Police Department."
The report was prepared by the Governor's Center for Local Government Services.
Although the recommendation is to move forward with consolidation, that decision is at best several months away. The issue was not discussed during the public meeting Monday night.
Council member Roy Burkins said that council will "probably" make a decision this year, but that it's "at least" two meetings away.
Council next meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 20, but Burkins said he does not expect the issue to be addressed at that meeting, either.
It is not a simple matter of Stewartstown Borough Council voting to join the Southern York Regional Police Force, he said. The council would have to vote that it wants to join, and then the municipalities already in the regional force -- the boroughs of Glen Rock, New Freedom and Shrewsbury -- would have to then vote to admit Stewartstown.
The mechanics would involve dissolving Stewartstown Police Department and having the four officers hired by the regional police force.