Why it would be a good idea for Northampton County to directly provide police services to the municipalities on the periphery:
Detractors have questioned the wisdom of starting a chapter of the Guardian Angels while trying to promote Portland’s downtown to businesses. Some, including Northampton County Councilman Ron Angle, a former Portland councilman, have said the presence of the Guardian Angels will make people think the town has a worse crime rate than it actually does.
Prator, however, insists the group would only be an aid to the borough. With only two part-time police officers and another two to be hired pending completion of paperwork, the group would provide law enforcement with an extra set of eyes and ears.
There’s no reason for Portland to have it’s own police department. It is extremely small and can’t possibly have the tax base to support comprehensive policing services. It would probably be more cost-effective to have Greater Bethlehem and Greater Easton police departments, with the County directly providing police services to the rest.