Waterbury, Vt. - Waterbury Police showed for their last "Not Quite Independence Day" Parade on Saturday.
Every year the town of Waterbury celebrates the Fourth of July early. This year police say they got a lot of questions following a vote earlier in the week that dissolved the village into the town. This means that the police department will no longer exist come January 1, 2018.
Even though the vote went through, some people in the town don't agree. Greg Hayes has lived in Waterbury Village since 1990.
"I'm hoping that it's not the end of police in our town," he said. "We just find a better solution. I know from living in the village we really count on them and they are a presence."
Police told Local 22 & Local 44 that they feel the decision has been made and it's time to look at what effects this could have on the future of Waterbury Village.
Henry Parro is the owner of Parro's Gun Shop & Police Supply and an officer.
"We have 25 liquor licenses in one square mile in the village," Parro said. "We have some breweries... it's going to mean quite a little bit to them."
He continued, "Just by having some police officers on duty is a deterrent for crime. If we didn't have anyone on duty who knows how much crime we could've prevented."
Village Police currently work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. In the off hours, the village becomes responsibility of Vermont State Police. The VSP would become fully responsible for the village on January 1, 2018.
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