Former L’pool Police Chief Don Morris returns here part time

— The informal shared-services arrangement will be effective through Dec. 31, during which time village attorneys for both villages will determine if a formal inter-municipal agreement is necessary.

“Danny Leidka is supportive,” White said. “East Syracuse is totally on board with this, and all of our board members are in agreement.”

Liedka said, “We’re glad to have the chance to work with Liverpool like this, moving forward to share services.”

The village of Liverpool could see savings of more than $45,000 annually if this arrangement becomes permanent, said White who is a retired Syracuse Police Department deputy chief who oversaw general services, records keeping and briefly helmed the uniform bureau.

Morris’s LPD hours

Chief Don Morris will be working at the Liverpool Police Department headquartered at 310 Sycamore St. from 3:15 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

This schedule will be subject to change according to the needs of either the Liverpool or East Syracuse police departments.

The Liverpool department presently has a chief, one sergeant, three full-time police officers, seven part-time police officers, one civilian employee and several part-time crossing guards. The department is the primary law enforcement agency that patrols the .08 square miles or more than 16 miles of roadway in the village.

East Syracuse has a chief, two sergeants, four full-time officers, eight part-timers and one civilian dispatcher-aide. While East Syracuse’s population of 3,178 slightly out-numbers Liverpool’s population of 2,505, but East Syracuse’s crime statistics are nearly double those here, Morris said.

“We know that to save money, we have to do things creatively, things like sharing services,” White said. “During this four-month trial period we’ll have an experienced chief who knows the department. This is something we want to try.”

Having worked as Liverpool’s top lawman for the better part of a decade, Morris said he feels an obligation to the LPD. “I want to make sure things are working well there,” said Morris, who is the son of a New York City police detective.

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