Whenever you hear about an entire police force walking off the job, you can bet your bottom dollar we’re talking about a very small agency.
Green Mountain Falls, Colorado used to have a police force made up of five people: Chief Tim Bradley and his four volunteers.
They all just quit. At least the chief did.
It’s unclear if the volunteers were paid anything to begin with—which would make leaving less like quitting and more like, well, leaving.
Residents are confused, the new mayor says she’s not concerned, and there’s almost nothing in the way of an explanation for the officers’ departures.
Now, the 700 residents of the hamlet will rely on neighboring agencies for police services.
Jackie Kirby, a spokeswoman for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, told reporters that the agency has for years provided dispatch service for Green Mountain Falls’s police and fire departments, and handling the small amount of calls coming from there shouldn’t be an issue.
“We will answer calls for service there just like we would with any other district in the county,” she told the Colorado Springs Gazette.
But one thing’s for sure: whether it’s politics or austerity (a.k.a. budget cuts), it’s getting extremely hard for very small law enforcement agencies to stay afloat.