Friday, October 12, 2012
The central Kansas town of Nickerson is dropping its police force because of budget concerns.
The Hutchinson News reports that the city council made the decision in a 4-3 vote Thursday night. The last police shift in the town of about 1,000 residents will end at midnight Saturday. And the Reno County Sheriff's Office will be the primary law enforcement agency in Nickerson after Tuesday, when the department officially will be eliminated.
The county already responds to about half the city's calls, and questions had been raised about the actual effect of the city's mostly part-time police staff.
Mayor Jim Gladden says he would be open to reinstating the department once the city could make budget adjustments. He wants to re-evaluate the situation in six months to a year.
Gladden tells KAKE News two weeks ago the police chief didn't respond to a crime call. He says the chief refused to explain, then he resigned suddenly Thursday night.
Nickerson has one full time officer and eight part time officers.