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Four small towns consider dropping police departments and using county sheriff

Looking for ways to save money and still provide adequate public safety, four small town in Lincoln County are looking at possibly consolidating their police protection through the sheriff’s office.
It was still in the talking stage Tuesday, when m

Looking for ways to save money and still provide adequate public safety, four small town in Lincoln County are looking at possibly consolidating their police protection through the sheriff’s office.

It was still in the talking stage Tuesday, when mayors, police chiefs and city officials from Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Tyler and Lake Benton met with the Lincoln County Board, says the Marshall Independent.

The proposal would have the towns dissolve their individual police forces and contract with the county for police services, the paper said. Lincoln County Sheriff Jack Vizecky said none of the local police forces now have 24/7 coverage: Some are available on an on-call basis, while others patrol a certain number of hours a week.

Many questions remain: How many hours of patrol would each town get? Will current chiefs and officers have jobs? What would it cost?

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They agreed to keep the discussions going with city councils and the county board.