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Texas Town Disbands Police Force

July 03, 2012  | 

The east Texas town of Kemp eliminated its police department, becoming the latest small-town department in the nation to shift to the county sheriff for law enforcement services, reports the Herald Review.

The city of 1,100 residents eliminated the department and decided to lay off the five officers in June. Alto, a town in east central Texas, eliminated its department in June 2011.

In recent years, several northern California cities have also eliminated their departments. Millbrae, San Carlos, and Half Moon Bay disbanded their police departments in 2010 and 2011.

Tags: Budget Cuts, Disbanding Agencies, Small-Town Agencies


Comments (4)

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FireCop @ 7/4/2012 5:37 AM

Is this more fiscal mismanagement by the politicians, or simply a lack of tax revenue? Our citizens need to stop asking why we are having crime problems when we keep losing our law enforcement officers to budget cutbacks. Be safe.

Kenneth @ 7/4/2012 8:23 AM

FYI, the small town of Alto, Texas has re-hired it's police chief and a few officers. The county Sheriff did not have the resources to handle the calls in Alto and the remainder of the county. It's all about money.

michael @ 7/4/2012 9:38 PM

Sounds like the city leaders are the problem. I would think before you close down your police dept. you might want to talk with the county sheriff to see if it is a possibility to provide services to their city or not.

chris @ 7/5/2012 2:05 AM

This is all part of the presidents plan to have a national security force stronger than the military and current law enforcement agencies. One by one all Police forces will be crippled and replaced with the national security force that we were all promised.

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