What would your city look like if there were no squad cars patrolling it?
The entire police force of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, has silently resigned with no clear reason in sight, CNN reports. This is the second resignation in 3 years.
The local police department employed only 4 individuals, a marshal and three deputies.
“The town’s talking,” CNN affiliate KOAA reported, “but the few who know why the marshal suddenly left, so far, are not speaking up.”
Mayor of the small city of 700 residents, Jane Newberry, seemed unconcerned over non-existent police force and absent patrols.
“I’ve stressed many times that the town is perfectly safe,” she told the CNN affiliate. “One of the advantages of a small town — we have less than 700 full-time residents — is neighbors look out for each other.” However, during the summer the population can grow over 1,200 residents, Fox 21 reported.
By the statistics, most of what local police do is revenue generating and not crime fighting or prevention. An Eastern Kentucky University study also suggests that “police work involves far less crime fighting than one might expect.”
In 2011, over 885,000 United States police officers arrested 12.4 million people—534,704 were the result of violent crime, 1,639,883 property crime, and 10,234312 over petty offenses (FBI, 2012).
Although the average officer would have made about 14 arrests in 2011, less than one of these arrests would have been for a violent crime and fewer than two arrests would have been for property crimes.
Meaning, 12 of the arrests made by our “average” police officer are for petty crimes like minor drug or alcohol possession, disorderly conduct, and vandalism. The odds are residents of Green Mountain Falls will be just fine until the can find new replacements.
This was also seen during the New York Police strike, crime dropped dramatically and the city did not burn down.
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