Doylestown police and borough council have agreed to extend their current police contract until next year.
The extension gives the police department and town leaders time to begin tackling the details of the department's merger with the New Britain Borough Police Department.
The agreement extends the current police contract for one additional year, to the end of 2013. It had been set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012.
To reach the agreement, borough leaders agreed to keep at least 14 police officers on the force, in addition to Chief Jim Donnelly.
The deal will save Doylestown about $13,600 in police costs by leaving one officers' position vacant. The savings on salary and benefits is estimated at $84,626. The remaining officers will receive a 3 percent pay raise on Jan. 1. Adding in costs for overtime and partime officers' wages adds up to estimated costs of $71,021.
Unless the two sides agree otherwise, the borough must begin the process to fill the 15th officer position by Feb. 28, 2014, according to the memorandum of understanding between the borough and the Doylestown Borough Police Association.