Brownville residents vote to defund police department

BROWNVILLE — Residents decided to stop funding the town’s police department during the annual town meeting on March 20. A separate vote at a future special town meeting will be needed to officially dissolve the department, an official said.

The police budget was reduced to about one-fifth of the proposed amount during the meeting at the Brownville Elementary School, providing an estimated $35,700 to fund the Brownville Police Department for the first three months of the year.

With the vote, the town will be relying on the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement as part of the agency’s existing coverage for the region starting on April 1.