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Central Kansas town of Nickerson to drop police

October 12, 2012

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— 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.

Comments

gccs14r 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe if they didn't have seven council members for a city of 1,000 people they could afford a cop. They should have three, max, and maybe should have only an elected mayor and no council.

Centerville 2 years, 2 months ago

NIckerson is notorious for having a 30 mph speed limit starting a couple miles outside town in every direction. It has made a bundle on speeding tickets.

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