The Lower Nazareth Board of Supervisors on Sept. 26 gave township manager Timm Tenges permission to pursue the formation of a committee, the sole purpose of which will be to address concerns over the drain of police resources perpetuated by retail thefts.
According to Supervisors Chairman Eric Nagle, the Colonial Regional Police Commission is concerned that its officers are spending less time patrolling the community.
On average, Nagle added, one retail theft incident takes about 90 minutes to handle.
“I want to understand why it takes [90 minutes],” Tenges said. "It would be helpful to understand the process in order to figure out a solution that might avoid engaging the officer for an hour and a half."
The township is taking a hard look at how its officers spend their time.