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Police Chief Pete Helein wants to dissolve an agreement sharing the city’s tactical response team with Grand Chute, Wisconsin due to “philosophical differences.

The agreement was signed last October. In exchange for helping with up to two tactical situations in a year in the neighboring town, Appleton would fold in three SWAT members from Grand Chute.

However, of the four Grand Chute officers who applied to SWAT, only one was placed on the team after meeting requirements, said Grand Chute police Chief Greg Peterson.

Peterson said he has not yet heard Helein’s argument for the suggested split and will attend Thursday’s meeting.

“We understand we haven’t fully fulfilled our part of the bargain,” Peterson said. “It isn’t practical for an agency our size to maintain a unit like that. It’s expensive to train and equip it.”

Helein said other sharing agreements with Grand Chute, like its canine program, would remain unchanged.

Read Nick Penzenstadler’s full report at the Post-Crescent.

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