Foley saves money with security guards instead of deputies

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.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/21/2011 - 11:30 am.

    Kudos to the Foley city council! This is the sort of competent fiscal management one sees all too little of these days.

  2. Submitted by Derrick Schluck on 10/24/2011 - 02:12 pm.

    Dumbest thing I have every hear…The County will now just be the one footing the bill. Way to pass the buck, just like T-Paw and his I didn’t raise taxes montra….Someone will still pay…where it is the county (monetarially) or the citizens of Foley for reduced services and a poorer quality of life.

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