Alto, Texas, lays off their entire police force

They won’t make any money selling off their sidewalks

A small Texas town has shut down its entire police department.

Facing dramatic budget cuts, the city’s efforts to control costs in Alto sent the police force home June 15, and law enforcement is now on hold. Former police chief Charles Barron and four ex-officers secured the evidence room, changed the passwords on their computers and locked the department’s doors, preparing for a closure that will last at least six months…

“There have been accusations that the police department is not generating enough revenue,” Barron said. “Well, police departments are not revenue generators…”

Now, county sheriff’s deputies will handle calls in Alto, but that means police response times that were less than 3 minutes are now up to 15 minutes, and deputies are spread thin, according to CBS News. Twenty-five deputies and reservists will oversee a 1,000 square mile county.

Alto residents are sending around a petition to try to get their police force back.

Sounds like a typical Texas Republican solution to me. Dollars and [NO] sense govern budget considerations and the greenbacks rule. The lowest possible priority is the needs of the people.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

2 thoughts on “Alto, Texas, lays off their entire police force

  1. Robert says:

    If my property gets robbed, the first person I will be suing is Charles Barron for seeking his 5 min. of fame. I don’t live in Alto, but I have property right outside of it. I can’t believe that someone that took the oath of office to service and protect as the chief of police would try to tell the whole world that we no longer have a police force. Mr. Barron’s actions have been very reckless in regards to this matter. The city of Alto should fire him for dereliction of duty! That way he could not seek unemployment. He needs to take care of his cattle and stop worrying about his old job at this point. I’m glade the bank had already closed when they tried to rob it. How would Mr. Barron feel if that would have not worked out the way it did and some one got killed? I think the county needs to install some cameras at every street intersection at this point so that they can fight crime more effectively. I would even vote to increase my property taxes to help pay for it and a couple of extra patrol officers for the county if they would stay in our area. If you think you are going to come to the Alto, Texas area to rip off people just know that everyone is well armed and you are taking your chances. On our street we even started to take note of the cars that are driving by with our own TV cameras.

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