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Commerce police now patrolling North Miami

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Some Ottawa County, Oklahoma officials explain reasons behind their city's department consolidating.  The Commerce Police Department will now police the City of North Miami.

North Miami's mayor says this comes after his city's former police chief resigned to be a security officer.  The mayor says another reason was money.  The North Miami Police Department was needing more funds than what the City could afford.

Commerce's four full-time police officers will now patrol North Miami.  Commerce's police chief says since there used to be only one police officer in North Miami, emergency response times will be better under this consolidation.

"We go there all the time.  We've backed North Miami for years.  We've responded to calls for them.  So it's not nothing new," says Chief Ray Horn with the Commerce Police Department.

"We'll still have our police court.  If Commerce writes a ticket in North Miami for speeding or whatever, it'll go through our court system.  So we're not actually going to lose any money that way," says Mayor Julian Leon Coombes with the City of North Miami.

Coombes expects North Miami's budget to balance out under this new partnership, with the help of more revenue.

"Because we're going to have people over there patrolling.  And people running stop signs, speed limit.  We have that new casino our west of us, and people turning onto Newman Road and they think that's a drag strip, down through there," says Coombes.

Many North Miami residents support this consolidation.

"We need a policeman over here at nights and during the day both.  Because really, we had to call the county to come over here and it takes a while before they even get over here," says North Miami resident Sam Boswell.

"If somebody in North Miami needs a police officer, all they have to do is call Miami dispatch, they'll send somebody over.  And it'll be a two or three minute delay versus maybe 30 or 40 minutes," says Coombes.

North Miami's City Council will meet against to discuss animal control and code enforcement duties with the Commerce Police Department.

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