Skip to comments.Town's entire police department quits
Posted on 06/06/2014 3:50:53 AM PDT by Daffynition
UNIONVILLE, MI (WNEM) -
Unionville has its own school system, flower shop, and bar - but a police department is missing in the Tuscola County community.
A thumb-area town is left without any police after the two-person department quit, leaving a glaring hole in the community.
Village resident Bob Hare said he was upset to learn that both of the town's police officers resigned last week. Village officials said the former officers turned in a resignation letter citing irreconcilable differences between them and the village council.
"I think we need some protection around here," Hare said.
(Excerpt) Read more at wnem.com ...
Dogs breathe a sigh of relief.
It wouldn’t surprise me the Village Council issued them some very ridiculous Rules of Law Enforcement to follow.
Boss Hogg situation?
There’s still law enforcement at the state and county levels, and if the village police department was only comprised of two people, I find it hard to believe that their resignation would cause any real issues.
One less speed trap in the world.
Time to activate the local militia.
That’s what it’s for.
I’m thinkin’ only good will come of this.
Don’t really know. But it wouldn’t surprise me. I don’t know if this is a Democrat area or conservative....but it isn’t a lie that Democrats in charge can be capricious, officious and absolute, even when it is against the law.
Probably. Most tiny police departments like that are pretty decent once they’re trained in local norms.
Were the two cops upset because the town wouldn’t cover the cost of their steroid injections? Or did they want to buy some cool assault gear and the mayor said no?
There were no more dogs left to shoot?
My experience, too. My town’s police force is pretty decent. No Rambos or SWAT wannabe’s.
We had 5 cops and were all on a first name basis with them. I used to take my dog and go down and have coffee with the chief a couple of times per week.
We really couldn’t afford them and an outside group of idiots put a lot of money into getting rid of the. Personally I suspect they had to be eliminated to avoid standing in the way of the Feds Hutaree raid.
A police department that only has two officers probably doesn’t need any. I’m sure the county sheriff or state police can pick up the slack.
There is nothing good about “Federal”.
The locals wouldn’t have gone in with flash bangs, assault teams, tactical vehicles, and choppers. The chief would have just gone down there and knocked on the door and asked what was going on.
Instead the taxpayers spent millions for a big militia raid, federal trial, and acquittals.
Your stellar vocabulary deserves a graphic!
I’ve always wondered where the Executive Branch renders their need for a “police force” in the several constitutions?
Sheriff? I see that.
Jack-boots answering to a CEO....well, not so much.
My home town ended up running off several “LEO-types” because, well, let’s just say they were supplementing their personal income according to certain addictions of the citizenry. I couldn’t tell you the “health” of that Public Safety Department right now.
In the town where I grew up we had a constable. He had a full time job at consumers energy. He had a squad car but usually cruised around town in his pickup.
His actual arrest authority only extended to holding someone till the state or county police showed up and I only saw him do that once. He also managed keeping the snow plowed and grass cut around town.
When I lived in Michigan, Tuscola County was famous for its Blue Helmet Shoots.
Small towns generally do better policing than cities do. Their police have a better chance of knowing potential problems before they get out of hand.
The sad situation of this country reflects in my first response to this news as “Good News”.
Yeah... don’t they have any local
Ah... a “two finger steeple”....
must be serious indeed.
We’ve got rural small towns here that are unincorporating, leaving police work to the county and fire protection to volunteer fire departments. Those with water and sewer systems are handing them over to private contractors who charge residents a fee. The populations had declined to the point that residents and businesses remaining could not shoulder the tax burden.
I have mixed emotions. The decline is sad. That they’re freeing themselves of a tax burden to an extent is good. Hard to believe this is going on in a state that’s gaining population fairly rapidly. But, that’s all urban and suburban with some coastal and mountain retirees. Rural areas are not doing too well.
Much closer to the framer’s intent. Generally one civilian given a small amount of authority and backed up by other local civilians.
One of the opening scenes in the Courage New Hampshire series showed a colonial sheriff (played by Andrew Breitbart) handing down the king’s sentences on local people. This outside law angered the citizens who felt they were better equipped to deal with crimes committed by their own neighbors.
A better donut selection available!
... after the two-person department quit, leaving a glaring hole in the community...
If 2 people leave a “glaring hole” then they have a far larger problem.
Like the glaring sinkhole where the collective intellect fell.
Somehow, I suspect the writer of hyperbole...
Fascinating story on your page.
2 officers who work 12 hours per week. Still trying to figure out what the issue here really is.
One of these days I’ll get around to finishing the formatting and adding images, lol. I’m sure your eyes are spinning from the last half of it, lol.
I suspect itinerant criminals from Bad Axe, MI.
I guess Andy and Barney got tired of dealing with the town drunk.
I can’t imagine a ten block community with a four block “downtown” had much need for one officer, let alone two.
They are real... and they are spectacular!
that’s a small town - perhaps they ran out of dogs
Not to worry, there is a County Sheriff in that county and has the law enforcement responsibility for that community albeit a tiny one. I live in a very small community myself with 888 people and off and on, there is a police dept. here, budgets permitting. When no funds are available, the law enforcement responsibilities go to the sheriff’s dept. I believe this is similar all over the country.
Otis is doing fine, retired in Florida.
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