Private security guards will begin patrolling the streets of Foley, Minn., starting Jan. 1, after city leaders decided the cost of using Benton County Sheriff's deputies would be too high.
The Benton County Sheriff wanted the city of Foley to pay about $280,000 for three deputies to patrol its streets next year. But the city of 2,600 saw its state aid payments cut by more than $150,000 this year, and the city council was looking for ways to save money next year.
Foley stands to save more than $80,000 by hiring General Security Services Corporation to patrol the city. The private contractors will carry firearms, and make citizen's arrests. They cannot make traffic stops or investigate crimes.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio