Goliad council investigating starting police force
GOLIAD - The Goliad City Council discussed creating a city police force Tuesday.
Emilio Vargas, Goliad school district superintendent, spoke in public comment about merging the Goliad school resource officer program with the potential police department because the school district and the Goliad Commissioners Court have not signed a new contract for the SRO program for 2013-14.
Councilman Buddy Zavesky and Councilman Ed Carter said they were concerned about the cost of starting a new police department. A cost estimate was not available Tuesday, but the city would need to pay for salaries, insurance, new equipment, patrol cars and possibly a new building.
Mayor Jay Harvey said many towns Goliad's size have police forces, and he is concerned about increased crime and traffic in Goliad.
Harvey said a city police department could enforce city ordinances and assist the county when needed.
The council said it will research costs and possible grants, looking at cities of comparable size.