Committee advises Goliad city council against creating a police department

A Goliad citizens advisory committee unanimously found that the city does not need and cannot afford a police department, said Cheryl Worley, the committee chairwoman.

Worley said a 12-member committee met for about four months to research the costs and benefits of creating a Goliad police department. Goliad has not had a police department since 1985, she said.

The committee estimated that creating a police department would cost $500,000 in its first year and would continue to cost more than $350,000 each year of operation. Worley said a committee member reviewed calls to the Goliad County Sheriff's Office - which currently holds the contract to handle Goliad city calls - during an 85-day-period and found that an average of 4.6 calls came in each day.

"They weren't like someone was breaking into a house, just little mischief type things," Worley said about the calls to the sheriff's office.

She said the committee could not justify the cost of creating a police department based on the number and nature of the calls. Problems like abandoned vehicles and lots with brush building up could be dealt with in a more affordable and efficient way, she said.

Worley summed up the results of the advisory committee at a City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

An advisory committee was created after it was suggested that the Goliad school resource officer program could be merged with a potential police department.

The county's contract for the school resource officer was terminated in May, and the termination took effect Sept. 30.