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Alto Police Furloughed For Six Months

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Hack, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

    Jan 2, 2008
    Lost Coast, Cali
    Well that sucks.

  2. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

    Yes indeed. I hope they can find employment to tie them over.

    They will probably loose the force almost entirely, and have to start from scratch or stay with county because after all police academy costs money.:upeyes:
  3. PawDog

    PawDog NRA Member

    Mar 3, 2005
    Big Thicket, Texas
    Alto, Texas is nothing more than a 4-way stop light on highway 69. The only impact the loss of the officers on the town will be the loss of traffic citation revenue. I pass through there three or four times a year, and the one officer on duty is usually busy writing a speeding ticket.

    I feel for the officers losing a pay check though, but many small towns across the county are facing the same financial issues. Near me, West Tawakoni, Texas, only had five officers in October 2010, and are now down to one. But, they have a corrupt mayor ruining the show there. :faint:
  4. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    Sounds like it is time to break up the band.
  5. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

    Tell the state officials then concerning the mayor, or the feds.
  6. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    San AntonioTexas
    For what it is worth, In Texas, outside of the very largest agencies, many people go to a regional academy, pay their own way and then look for a job. These little towns dont have academies and they dont pay for people to go to them.

    When you graduate a Police Academy in Texas and pass the State license exam, you are a "licensed Peace Officer" but that grants you nothing but the right apply for police jobs and the ability to take LE only continuing education classes. As one would expect, until you are actually sworn in with an agency you are not a "commissioned Peace Officer"
  7. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    Yeah, that always works. Been there and done that - a few years later, one of the guys I worked with was executing a search warrant with FBI on a former city official and they asked why we never told them about this stuff - of course, we had told his boss and a politcally connected state police post commander, so it went no farther.:upeyes:
  8. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

    Oct 16, 2008
    Missouri, East of KC
    I wonder what other ways were considered.

    It is a town of 1,200 - not sure what other expenses they have......

    5 coppers is enough to have one officer on duty 365 x 24.
    I think the exact number is 4.3 to have 1 on duty - I guess no one volunteered to be the 1/3rd. ;)
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2011
  9. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.

    168 hours in a week divided by 40 hours.
  10. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

    Oct 16, 2008
    Missouri, East of KC
    depends on training and vacation policies, eh?
  11. ronduke


    Jan 24, 2007
  12. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

    Well, let's see what the city council says after a month of very limited law enforcement. It looks to me like the city council better come up with a volunteer force of some type.
  13. ateamer

    ateamer NRA4EVR

    Does a town that small really need its own PD? 1200 people is maybe a sixth or an eighth of a patrol beat.
  14. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

    Heck in the Midwest like in Missouri, a very small police force is very common, as well as down in Texas. In Nolanville, nearby the city where I used to live they had a few for their small town.
  15. Panzergrenadier1979

    Panzergrenadier1979 Keystone Cop

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central Pennsylvania
    PA is the same way. Every tiny little blip on the map wants their own PD. Large PDs are very rare.
  16. lethal tupperwa

    lethal tupperwa

    Aug 20, 2002
    re Pa

    one town got rid of the PD.

    A town council man became the cop.

    The town had only 1 stop sign.

    He parked there if you had out of state plates

    you "ran" it.

    It was a ten dollar ticket.

    If you wanted to fight it it was $50 bond and come back at the unspecified date of our choosing.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2011
  17. RyanNREMTP

    RyanNREMTP Inactive/Banned

    Jun 16, 2007
    Waco, Texas
    Doesn't help matters much when the SO just caught four bank robbers standing outside a closed bank with guns in their hands.
  18. ronduke


    Jan 24, 2007
    Residents Concerned Over No Police Dept.
    By Michele Reese - emailBy Michele Reese

    A town without police. Wednesday's attempted bank robbery has some residents on high alert in Alto.

    Sheriff Campbell said crime appears to be on the rise in Alto, and nearby Wells, another city that got rid of its police department.

    "Of course this incident yesterday I don't know if it would have happened in Wells or Alto if they still had a police department or not," he said. "No one will know that."