Jackson may end city police department

The debate about whether small towns and cities should give up their local police department for county law enforcent is being sharpened by budget cutting issues. The Worthington Daily Globe, is following the debate in the city of Jackson, where the city council wants to disband the Jackson Police Department.

A group of citizens in the southwest Minnesota city of about 3,400 people have started a petition drive to voice their opposition to the idea.

“Nobody else was doing anything,” Dave Schmidt told the newspaper. “I don’t know what good it will do, but we have to try.”

The city says it can save about $100,000 a year by signing a contract with Jackson County for law enforcement coverage.

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