JAY — Selectmen voted Monday not to submit a proposal to Dixfield for daily 18- or 24-hour police coverage.

Dixfield is exploring options, including continuing with the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office.

Voters disbanded the Police Department in November 2020.

Dixfield Town Manager Alicia Conn sent letters in May to five law enforcement agencies: Jay, Wilton, Rumford, Mexico and Oxford County Sheriff’s Office.

Jay selectpersons raised concerns, including not having enough officers and investing money to help Dixfield with a 60-day contract clause allowing either party to cancel if not satisfied.

Jay Police Chief Richard Caton IV drafted proposals for a five-year contract for 18-hour and 24-hour coverage options for the Jay board to review.

The proposal for 18-hour coverage for 2024-25 was $629,115 and varied through the remaining four years. The contract for the first year for 24-hour coverage was $861,523 and was different for the other four years.

Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said Caton believes once Dixfield sees the figure, it is unlikely they would not want to continue the conversation. He also sees in the long-term that the towns, counties and state need to make this work because there is a shortage of officers.

“The way we have always done it isn’t always going to work,” she said.

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