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Steelton mayor not aware of any talks with Middletown about police regionalization

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 7/24/19

Steelton Mayor Maria Romano Marcinko told the Press & Journal on Friday that if there are any discussions going on between Middletown and Steelton regarding police, she is not aware of …

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Steelton mayor not aware of any talks with Middletown about police regionalization

Steelton Mayor Maria Romano Marcinko, in a July 2017 photo.
Steelton Mayor Maria Romano Marcinko, in a July 2017 photo.
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Steelton Mayor Maria Romano Marcinko told the Press & Journal on Friday that if there are any discussions going on between Middletown and Steelton regarding police, she is not aware of them.

“There have not been any discussions with me. That would be a council decision,” Marcinko said. “I don’t even know how all this got started.”

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“I’m extremely transparent,” Marcinko added. “I’m upset about it. Here is something that comes up in the paper about the police department I supervise” and Marcinko feels like she is on the outside looking in.

“I myself am not a fan of regionalization and maybe they know that,” Marcinko said. “There is Highspire between ourselves and Middletown. Would that make sense? I don’t know.”

Steelton Borough Council President Brian Proctor did not respond to phone and email messages from the Press & Journal seeking comment.

However, Proctor was quoted in a PennLive story posted on Friday that Steelton is “not having conversations with Middletown” regarding police services. “We are not discussing anything with Middletown.”

But in the same PennLive article, Proctor touted the benefits of police regionalization, calling it “a great thing” that “would save taxpayers a lot of money.”

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Former Steelton Mayor Tom Acri in 2017 told the Press & Journal that he considered some kind of regional police force in the area to be inevitable.

Acri’s view, he said, was that small towns such as Steelton can no longer afford their own standalone force in the long term.

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If Steelton is involved in potential police regionalization talks with Middletown this time around, it would not be a bolt out of the blue.

Anthony Minium, the Steelton police chief, and one of his detectives attended the Feb. 15, 2017 public meeting in Middletown about contracting out police services.

Minium at the time told the Press & Journal in an email, “Like all Dauphin County police agencies, I am interested to see, if any, benefits exist with consolidating police services.”

He did not return a phone message seeking comment for this article.

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