To save money in these tight budget days, the city of Foley has decided to hire security guards instead of paying for Benton County deputies to patrol the streets.
The St. Cloud Times says the city signed a six-month contract with a security firm this week, at a cost of nearly $100,000. That’s to replace a contract with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department, which would have cost nearly $23,000 a month.
When the change takes effect in January, deputies will still respond to 911 calls.
The story says the security guards will patrol the area and can make citizen arrests but won’t investigate crimes or do traffic stops.
A city council member said cuts in state aid require the city to find cost savings in many areas.