WILKINSBURG (KDKA) — Wilkinsburg could lose its police department.

The police contract with the borough expired February 1.

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The borough told the Wilkinsburg FOP that any new contract must contain a provision that would allow the borough to subcontract police protection.

According to the union, Wilkinsburg’s 23 police officers answer 13,000 calls a year. The borough is considering a proposal to have Pittsburgh police answer those calls instead.

It would save several hundred thousand dollars a year. The borough said it’s not a money issue, but a protection issue.

“We had a burglary in here,” Matt Smith said. “It took two hours for the Wilkinsburg police to get over here and I think that’s not right.”

Sharon Littlejohn doesn’t think Pittsburgh police will come to Wilkinsburg.

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“I’ll be safer with Wilkinsburg police,” she said. “I’ve been here all my life, this is where they need to be.”

Jean Gould, a business owner, says she sees Wilkinsburg police all the time.

A deal with Pittsburgh police would leave Wilkinsburg officers without a job.

Wilkinsburg borough officials say a change is not eminent, but there was a meeting this week to talk about the issue that included Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper.

KDKA’s Jon Greiner said Harper made it known that the Wilkinsburg officers would not be a part of his force.

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