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In recent months, the Ford City Council has brought disbanding the police department to the table.

I cannot speak directly to Ford City’s financial situation, nor can I speak for the people in the borough.

But I would like to share some knowledge based on almost 20 years of law-enforcement experience in Armstrong County, including a few years in Ford City in the 1990s.

One particular piece of knowledge I have gained through my experience is this: The people who comprise the criminal element — from petty crimes to major crimes — are like water and electricity. They always take the path of least resistance.

The elected officials in Ford City need to keep that in mind.

Michael W. Diebold

Leechburg

The author is the Leechburg police chief.

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