There now is no police chief in the village of Salineville. There may be soon, but as of today, that position goes unfilled.
We've read of the village's challenges, financially, within the last year which as a result have had an affect on the police department.
Members of the force, serving in a part-time status, have opted to go elsewhere - leaving council to seek replacements, almost, it seems, in a revolving door type method.
And there will continue to be decisions made as to how village leaders want their community policed. We hope they work in unison to offer the best for village residents.
But we'd like to highlight what was accomplished prior to former chief David Hilliard Jr. serving his last day.
Hilliard, a mere three days before his last official day as chief, reported the department had two suspects in custody in connection with a rash of burglaries in Salineville.
He said other arrests may soon follow.
It capped a month-long investigation into what was approximately 10 home burglaries that appeared to take place during daylight hours, taking advantage of the department's limited manpower.
Hilliard and his staff should be acknowledged for their due diligence, especially at a time when he could have packed it in.
He showed village residents the importance of law enforcement, and what can be accomplished with a dedicated staff.
"I want the citizens to know they are still getting the police protection they deserve," he said.
Hilliard, as we have, also applauded the recently-formed neighborhood watch group.
We believe this group, along with the recent arrests, may show would-be criminals that Salineville is a community that will not permit crime within its boundaries.