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PORTVILLE — After some 40 years, the Portville Police Department is now patrolling the town of Portville as well.

Town Supervisor Tim Emley and Village Mayor Dr. Anthony Evans both said they are proud of the diversity and experience of the current police force, newly expanded with two additional officers.

“It’s fantastic that the department is now going to be town-wide,” Emley said. “I’ve been trying since I was supervisor, I believe 10 years ago, we’ve been trying to make it work out. I’ve known (Chief) Mark (Crosson) for 25-plus years and we got together to see if we could make it happen. We got a contract and village board approval. The town board was behind (the shared services contract) 100%.”

Emily noted the village has priority “and we’re also 100% behind them responding to the village first.” The shared policing services now provided in the town echo that of the village, which is mainly responding to speeding and traffic violations and domestic incidents…