Vermont state police in Bradford discussed the future of law enforcement in the area with residents Wednesday night.
As mandated by the legislature, the agency is reviewing efficiency of its older facilities.
The State Police are looking at the possibility of consolidating the St. Johnsbury and Bradford barracks into one joint troop.
Spokespeople say the move would actually provide more patrols in both areas, though not all residents are convinced.
"We don't want to see Barney Fife come in here, we're interested in quality police protection and we think you people... Are far more qualified than what the town police are going to be," said Jim Harris, a Fairlee Business Owner.
"We will always have a presence here, there will always be patrol areas here, we will always have troopers here, it's just a matter of will we have a building here," said Capt. Tim Clouatre, with Vermont State Police
State police say the move is not imminent, and would take at least until 2020 to implement.
They say the new facility would provide more workspace and better conditions.
Costs for a a new building are estimated to cost between three and six million dollars.