Some members of the Endicott Police are pushing back against a proposal under which the village police force could fall under the auspices of the Broome County Sheriff's office.

The Police Benevolent Association, which is the union representing Endicott officers, and village Police Chief Michael Cox were among those hosting a news conference to talk about the proposed merger.

Chief Cox and others said they disagree with statements from Broome County Sheriff David Harder, who says a merger would improve law enforcement coverage and increase detectives and narcotics investigators available to work on cases in Endicott.  Chief Cox says detectives and narcotics investigators are already available in the village.

Supporters of the proposed merger say the village could save $200,000 while having a guarantee of 28 officers patrolling the streets.

The board of trustees recently delayed a vote on whether or not to pursue discussions.  They could vote on the proposal at the June village board meeting.