There's growing opposition to a plan to combine the police and fire departments in Carolina Beach.
Town officials are considering the idea of a single agency as a way to save money.
About 40 residents turned out for a hearing on the issue Monday night. Critics argue that police officers and firefighters cannot do the same job, and should have different bosses.
Carolina Beach's Town Council could vote on creating a public safety department as early as next week.
After Monday night's hearing, a citizens advisory committee voted four to one against the idea, saying it needs more study.