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There will be no more town police for one area community. The Cordova Township has decided to cancel its contract with the Cordova Police Department and is now relying on Rock Island County Sheriff's Department for all services.

According to township officials, that should be enough without paying for extra police.

"The last issue we had up here when the [East Moline] prisoner was in the area, and they needed additional personnel, we had ample personnel brought to the area, and that shows you the resources are there and available and allocated as needed." Township Supervisor Jon Kavanaugh says.

The Rock Island County Sheriff's Department says it may be taking over for Cordova police, but not much will be changing.

"It would be operations as usual, Cordova Township certainly generates some calls, but it's not like we have a great number of calls for service in that area," Chief Deputy Steve Dean says.

According to the Sheriff's Department, they received 198 calls from Cordova Township in the last year, and they say they should be able to handle it on their own.

The decision comes after township officials talked with residents who say they don't want to pay extra taxes for more police than they need and think the county is enough.

"We are being taxed three times, township, county, and village. Usually our protection comes from the county. Whenever I needed police, it has been the county that's responded," Cordova resident Pat Nicholson says.

But other residents are unhappy with the decision.

"I like having our own police department because I enjoy knowing them, I want to know the police officer that comes to my house," resident Traci Stratton says, "I think it's nice to know who's coming."

The township says they'll be saving about $38,000 a year by eliminating Cordova police, but they haven't decided what they'll be using the extra money for yet.

The cost to residents will stay the same since patrols from the Sheriff's Department will not change, but the cost to the Village of Cordova will not. Cordova village officials estimate they'll have to pay an extra $8,000 per year now that the township isn't sharing the cost.

"I would much rather have the township stay with us when we make our choices and go through this, but they decided that it was in their best interest not to," Cordova Village Trustee Dean Moyer says.