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Texas Town Cuts Police Department

July 05, 2011  | 

The City Council in Alto, Texas, has essentially eliminated its police department, reducing the police budget to zero and coordinating with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Officer to handle calls for the 1,200-resident town.

Alto Police Chief Charles Barron and four other officers are unemployed, after the council furloughed the police department for at least six months to make up for a $185,000 budget deficit.

The patrol cars are locked in an impound lot, and the police station is locked, except when Barron stops in to check the mail.

Source: CBS News

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