NORWAY — Norway selectmen as well as police officers and residents appear to be in agreement that merging the community’s’ police department with the Paris department is the most efficient and cost-effective way to better serve both towns.

Town Manager David Holt said Thursday that combining police departments is more about improving services, rather than saving money.

The proposal will go to Norway voters next week.

The Sun Journal reports that he says a one-year trial will give both departments the opportunity try the merger and identify any problems.

Norway Chief Robert Federico said he and Paris Chief David Verrier have both expressed approval for the move.

If the police merger takes place, it would be the first in the state.