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(The Tennessean)   Alexandria, Tennessee in a bit of a pickle as entire police force quits. Luckily nobody knows that they're completely lawless at the moment... hope nobody writes a story or... hey wait a minute   (tennessean.com) divider line 82
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2006-09-11 01:55:06 PM  
don't county sherrifs offices and/or state police take over in situations like that?
 
2006-09-11 02:15:50 PM  
One would think, but...
 
2006-09-11 03:18:53 PM  
MacG: don't county sherrifs offices and/or state police take over in situations like that?

The city government has to do the paperwork and agree to compensate the Sherrif or state police. Either way it ends up costing them money which apparently they don't want to spend.
 
2006-09-11 03:32:49 PM  
MacG: don't county sherrifs offices and/or state police take over in situations like that?

I have no idea how it works, but my parent's podunk town of 800 dropped their contract with a neighboring town to share police forces, so we're under county police now.

If something happens, they'll still get someone to help out, but it will take longer.

/course, no law means you just shoot a home invader in the face, then ask questions
 
2006-09-11 04:02:47 PM  
fark party alexandria?!?
 
2006-09-11 04:07:08 PM  
nice headline subby...

www.tonyrogers.com

cartman is ready to come to the rescue...
 
2006-09-11 04:07:21 PM  
This just in.

All the toilets at the police station have been stolen. The county cops are looking into it but they have nothing to go on.

/is there a special place in hell for jokes like these?
 
2006-09-11 04:07:33 PM  
Alexandria, Tennessee had a Pickle Incident as well?
 
2006-09-11 04:09:15 PM  
Smeggy Smurf: Yes. You get a one-way ticket.
Submitter: Props for the headline.
 
2006-09-11 04:10:48 PM  
Smeggy Smurf

You nearly owed me a laptop. Rlly
 
2006-09-11 04:10:55 PM  
RyoShin: /course, no law means you just shoot a home invader in the face, then ask questions


i once read that the average self-defense shooting costs about $20K in legal fees. might be propaganda, but i wouldn't doubt it.
 
2006-09-11 04:11:15 PM  
"There was never a point when there were no police officers on duty in Alexandria, city officials said"


"We're not 24/7 yet, but we will be shortly," Collins said Wednesday."
Maybe I'm worse at English then I thought, but these statements seem contradictory to me.
 
2006-09-11 04:11:58 PM  
If I am correct in my thinking on the matter, i believe that the sheriffs office is supposed to resume jurisdiction there. If that is not possible then it is a state of emergency and the national guard will step in. But the national guard will only come in if there is a serious problem. There are plenty of towns without a local police department.

It is interesting that they mention that there is security guards at one of the three banks. Are they just asking for it or what??
 
2006-09-11 04:12:49 PM  
Good

Call the county as a stop gab until you can find some honest cops.

And don't let them two come back neither. Cops aint allowed to strike. Sounds like a labor tactic to me.
 
2006-09-11 04:12:56 PM  
Small town... they will just setup a good speedtrap to pay for the police department.
 
2006-09-11 04:15:01 PM  
Cripps vs bloods in podunk TN?

Mayor Cripps doubts the budget problems that were presented as a reason for cutting department coverage were ever serious enough to warrant slashing daytime patrols.
 
2006-09-11 04:15:27 PM  
debug
Maybe I'm worse at English then I thought, but these statements seem contradictory to me.

You could be right on both counts, considering you don't know the difference between "then" and "than"!
 
2006-09-11 04:15:39 PM  
I guess they went ahead with that strike against OCP afterall.
 
2006-09-11 04:15:40 PM  
FTA: We'd probably be OK if it wasn't for that," Talley said. "If it was just contained here in town, people probably wouldn't be worried about it."


Yeah, cuz ya know, only OUTSIDERS commit crimes! No one from OUR town would think to take advantage of the situation. They don't commit crimes 'round here.
 
2006-09-11 04:16:55 PM  
Not a news story really.

Tons of small towns don't have a police force of if they do it is one guy.

A good rule of thumb is if they are too small for a McDonalds/Wal-Mart/Street Light/Gas Station then chances are they can't afford police.

Course that means if you can't afford police most likely you aint got shiat to steal.

If you don't mind running from small crappy town to small crappy town you could live like a king of small crappy towns!

Wait....
 
2006-09-11 04:17:08 PM  
img172.imageshack.us

Buford Pusser available for comment, if called upon
 
2006-09-11 04:19:12 PM  
Damn, it may be a small town but how can you really provide any protection when there are a total of 3 cops in your town?
 
2006-09-11 04:19:40 PM  
Big deal. Most of Tennessee is lawless anyway.
 
2006-09-11 04:20:10 PM  
GratuityIncluded
Joe Don Baker, NOOO!!!

/mitchell!
 
2006-09-11 04:20:12 PM  
elburritobandito

i once read that the average self-defense shooting costs about $20K in legal fees. might be propaganda, but i wouldn't doubt it.

Sue the perp's estate for the money, then. I wonder if that has been tried. If the perp wouldn't have been breaking the law in a manner that made him eligible for a self-defense inflicted death to begin with everyone would have been happier.

Besides, if it is a clean straight up self-defense shooting in your home I don't know that the DA would be too popular for even charging you. I suppose that means you should have your attorney around when you are questioned but that shouldn't run much more than a grand, assuming it is clean.
 
2006-09-11 04:20:55 PM  
The entire police force of Conway, AR (50,000) quit a few years back because budget forced them to have officers buy their own uniforms...and guns...and badges...and cars. That's what happens when you give too many tax breaks for commercial or industrial interests and fail to raise income or property tax by a similar amount.
 
2006-09-11 04:21:26 PM  
In Tennessee, I hear they're a relatives anyway.
Can't they work some'M out?

/On second thought--forget it!
 
2006-09-11 04:22:25 PM  
The real Buford Pusser is only about a tenth as ugly as Joe Don Baker. I went with Joe's characterization.
 
2006-09-11 04:28:00 PM  
obviously more to this story considering they are hiring an entirely new police force. Sounds like someone is playing hardball with the guys that walked out...
 
2006-09-11 04:28:33 PM  
I'm still in shock as to how Joe Don Baker got past the whole "casting call" part of Hollywood.

the whole "starving artist" thing...

hahaha, JDB....starving...
 
KIA
2006-09-11 04:29:14 PM  
Yep. Folks might need to take care of their own selves for a while. Take that, gun-grabbers! The police can up and quit and leave you whining in the dark!
 
2006-09-11 04:29:31 PM  
trust_in_tux
Small town... they will just setup a good speedtrap to pay for the police department.

That's so 1990's. Everyone knows that Red Light Cameras are where the REAL money's at. Just remember to turn down the yellow a touch.
 
2006-09-11 04:35:01 PM  
elburritobandito: Dead men can't file lawsuits. If their estate sues, just countersue them for blood cleanup.

/IANAL!!!!
 
2006-09-11 04:38:31 PM  
That community is safer than ever before; the citizens harbor no foolish illusions about the government's inability to protect them.
 
2006-09-11 04:38:54 PM  
Heck, my town ain't got not fancy po-lice force, neither!

If'n it weren't for them danged county sherriffs, we could all drive like them Duke boys.

/Drippin' Springs, TX
//Yeehaw!
 
2006-09-11 04:39:27 PM  
trust_in_tux
Small town... they will just setup a good speedtrap to pay for the police department.

It works for Fowler, Colorado!
 
2006-09-11 04:40:12 PM  
Wait a minute. They only had 3 full time cops before the entire force quit? And they are worried?
 
2006-09-11 04:41:17 PM  
"Let's go do some crimes!"

koti.mbnet.fi

...Rob
 
2006-09-11 04:42:05 PM  
Now if they can just schedule all fires to be only at night they can cut back on the fire department, too.
YeahIknow, volunteer FD.
 
2006-09-11 04:42:25 PM  
Alexandria, Tennessee

Population (year 2000): 814. Estimated population in July 2005: 860 (+5.7% change)
Males: 365 (44.8%), Females: 449 (55.2%)

I think 3 police officers is enough for 860 people. That's 286:1 cop ratio, probably on par with any city.
 
2006-09-11 04:42:41 PM  
slykens1

Besides, if it is a clean straight up self-defense shooting in your home I don't know that the DA would be too popular for even charging you.

Oak Park(I reside there) and Willmette have both prosecuted folks for using their illegal handguns during a gas station robbery by an employee and by a homeowner in their own home. It is rare but it has happened. Illinois passed a law making it very difficult to prosecute somebody for this after the Willmette case. See (Hale DeMar)

/Loves being Liberal
//Does not like liberals stands on Firearms
///Does not like Republican stands on Budget, Wiretaps, wars, corporate responsibility,.....
 
2006-09-11 04:44:55 PM  
WE MUST TEACH OFFICER BARBRADY TO READ!
IT IS OUR ONLY HOPE!
 
2006-09-11 04:47:23 PM  
unavailable for comment

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2006-09-11 04:47:30 PM  
So, how long before the residents realize they never needed a police force to begin with?
 
2006-09-11 04:47:50 PM  
elburritobandito: i once read that the average self-defense shooting costs about $20K in legal fees. might be propaganda, but i wouldn't doubt it.

It's always preferable to be the defendant rather than the decedent.
 
2006-09-11 04:48:03 PM  
Yes, but how will this affect the Jon Benet Ramsey investigation!!?!?
 
2006-09-11 04:48:06 PM  
airdish2M

The entire police force of Conway, AR (50,000) quit a few years back because budget forced them to have officers buy their own uniforms...and guns...and badges...and cars. That's what happens when you give too many tax breaks for commercial or industrial interests and fail to raise income or property tax by a similar amount.

Yup, what he said.
 
2006-09-11 04:50:25 PM  
Mayor Cripps lost the police force??? No waaaaaay

/Mayor Crenshaw Mafia Gang unavailable for comment?
 
2006-09-11 04:50:58 PM  
It's very sad that lots of Tennessee municipalities and counties also can't afford health insurance for their cops, so if the cop is shot by a perp he's liable for the medical bills.
 
2006-09-11 04:51:39 PM  
ChairmanKaga

And don't let them two come back neither. Cops aint allowed to strike. Sounds like a labor tactic to me.

From TFA:

"Officials here are working to rebuild a police department and a degree of public confidence in the wake of the recent resignation of the town's entire police force."

FYI: "resignation" != "strike"
 
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