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Benton Harbor could eliminate police department - Nov 20th, 2012 - Local

Benton Harbor's emergency financial manager says the cash-strapped city's police department could be eliminated.

That was one option discussed Monday by Joe Harris in a news conference about the southwest Michigan city's financial situation. The city must make up for $1.4 million lost after two operating millage renewals failed to pass on Nov. 6.

If the police department is cut, the area sheriff's department could be hired to provide law enforcement services. A similar arrangement was made in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac.

Harris says Benton Harbor has several other options, including another millage vote, a charge to pay for police or filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

Harris says he likely would have a plan by week's end.