Budget-strapped police departments in Erie County are forming a new network to share equipment, training, manpower and other mutual aid needs.
The new Firelands Police Chiefs Association also will help fill the vacuum left by the demise of the Erie County Drug Task Force.
The fledgling group plans to form regional special operations and investigative units.
The association will share equipment to avoid duplication, raise money and allow police to work easily across jurisdictional lines, said the three police chiefs spearheading the effort: Sandusky Police Chief Kim Nuesse, Perkins Chief Tim McClung and Huron Chief Randy Glovinsky.
"Our goal is to have this up and running by the end of the summer," McClung said.
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