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Entire police force quits over new mayor and her policies

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A small Colorado town is finding itself without a police force after the entire department called it quits.

The Green Mountain Falls police department unanimously resigned in protest, citing policy issues and unhappiness with newly-elected mayor Jane Newberry, who was sworn in Wednesday night, according to CBS Denver.  The chief and the three former officers of the department were not available for comment.

“In an election year, there’s always some people who choose to stay and  some people who chose to go and I think that happens at every level of government,” said Newberry.

With no city police department, the only form of law enforcement for the tiny town comes from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Green Mountain Falls is home to around 700 people, with the population nearly doubling in the summer months.

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  1. Maybe this will shed some light on why they quit.

    “Marshal and law enforcement
    Newberry doesn’t favor bringing back the marshal’s office, which was shut down last November following the exit of Marshal Tim Bradley. Instead, she supports exploring the possibility of forming a cooperative law enforcement agreement with El Paso County. “Let’s see how it works. Let’s give it a chance,” said the mayor pro tem.

    She believes the town will get just as good service, if not better, under an intergovernmental agreement and possibly a sheriff’s substation. In addition, Newberry cites certain El Paso County Sheriff Department volunteer programs, such as citizen patrols, as steps residents can take to better equip their neighborhoods.

    Newberry agrees with the view of the majority of the current trustees that GMF can’t afford a marshal’s office. In reality, she admits town leaders should have pulled the plug on the agency a number of years ago. “We haven’t been able to afford the coverage (of full-time marshal’s office) for some time. We have to spend the town’s money the best way we can.” In addition, with a marshal’s office, Newberry contends that residents are getting double taxed for local law enforcement services.”

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