As the debate over the future of the Endicott Police Department continues, signs proclaiming support for the agency are appearing around the village.

The lawn signs noting the department's dedication to the community "for 107 years" have been distributed by the Endicott Police Benevolent Association.

An initial batch of 100 signs was quickly depleted and more signs have been ordered.

A committee formed by the village to consider the future of the police department held its first meeting July 2. The panel's next meeting is scheduled for Monday.

There's been discussion of the possibility of the Broome County Sheriff's Office overseeing police protection in Endicott.

Supporters of that plan say it would save village taxpayers some money while not adversely affecting services.

Opponents have questioned the projected savings and have contend Endicott residents would receive the best police protection by maintaining the village department.