Nevis disbands its one-man ‘police department’

The city of Nevis in north central Minnesota — between Park Rapids and Walker — will save about $18,000 a year now that it has disbanded its “police department.”

The city’s sole officer had been part-time Police Chief Ed Franckowiak, said the Park Rapids Enterprise. The Hubbard County sheriff’s department will now handle patrol and other police duties.

The paper said in the past three years, 15 other state police departments have been disbanded, usually one or two-person departments.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Dean on 11/16/2009 - 03:00 pm.

    I am of two minds on these things. On the one hand, I see the loss of a guy who presumably knew the area and it’s residents quite well and is being replaced by whoever is on duty for that sector of the county at any given time. Maybe I’m overstating the loss and the new officers will just add Nevis to the group of small places they already know well.

    On the other, these small departments can be ripe for abuse and a lack of professionalism, up-to-date skills and equipment.

    And $18k a year? Ouch, Chief Franckowiak, very ouch. I hope you had another concurrent gig.

  2. Submitted by dan buechler on 11/16/2009 - 04:06 pm.

    But hey guys Bemidji got a first class hockey arena. That is what’s most important not little towns like Nevis. Let em vanish into the thin air from whence they came.

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