Citing the need for the area’s police departments to have enough resources available in event of a natural or man-made disaster, the East Hampton Village and East Hampton Town police departments are joining with eight other villages and towns on the East End in a “Municipal Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement.”
The seven-page written agreement, which all 10 town and village governments with their own police departments on the East End must approve, encourages the departments to “enlist other entities in aid and assistance efforts” and draws specific guidelines for asking and providing assistance in the event of an emergency.
According to the guidelines, aid and assistance should not be requested unless the resources of one department are deemed inadequate. The department receiving aid shall pay for “reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses” for those coming to its aid.
The East Hampton Village Board authorized the Village Police Department’s participation in the agreement at a meeting on Friday.
Asked by Village Deputy Mayor Barbara Borsack to comment, Chief Gerard Larsen said, “The county has something like this in place if we need help. The East End decided that we would do something like this, because we can respond a little quicker.”
East Hampton Town Police Chief Todd Sarris said that he expects the Town Board to authorize the agreement next week.