A proposed one-year trial merger of the Norway and Paris police departments has been rejected by voters in Paris. The measure was defeated in a 41-41 vote on Monday night. It needed a majority to pass. Norway voters had approved the trial merger in June. The Police chiefs in both towns had expressed approval for the move. They said a merger would lead to a more efficient use of resources, put more officers on patrol and more resources into the investigation of serious crime. If the one-year trial merger was deemed a success the towns would have worked on a permanent merger. Both chiefs tell the Sun Journal, the proposal now appears dead.