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2012-07-17 12:36:40 AM
Well, good luck with that.
 
2012-07-17 08:50:03 AM

NowhereMon: Well, good luck with that.


I don't think one officer police departments are that uncommon.

There is a small town nearby that did that, choosing to pay the county sheriff's department to patrol the town and respond to calls.
 
2012-07-17 10:42:18 AM
Well to be fair, petty vandalism such as graffiti was down eighty percent, while heavy sack beatings were up a shocking nine hundred percent.
 
2012-07-17 11:43:32 AM
Colorado Springs?
 
2012-07-17 12:50:56 PM
Didn't South Park make an episode about this?
 
2012-07-17 12:51:02 PM
por-img.cimcontent.net

Does not approve.
 
2012-07-17 12:51:36 PM
barneyfifesbullet.com
 
2012-07-17 12:53:42 PM
Asked why he should remain on the force, the officer was quoted as saying, "Kid...we don't want any hangin's..."
 
2012-07-17 12:53:44 PM
Actually, Barney was deputy sheriff, not the Mayberry Town Police.

Get it right, people.
 
2012-07-17 12:54:49 PM

mat catastrophe: Actually, Barney was deputy sheriff, not the Mayberry Town Police.

Get it right, people.


I never let little things like facts get in the way of a joke.
 
2012-07-17 12:55:19 PM
"We're at the point now where the criminals have more guns in their car than one police officer has in his," said Lincolnville Mayor Tyrone Aiken. "The citizens of Lincolnville need 24-hour protection."

ok maybe I am not good at logic but that statement ... kinda counter intuitive isn't it? so instead of hiring more cops to help this guy out they are wanting to get rid of him altogether? huh?
 
2012-07-17 01:07:07 PM
Andyeeee! Aunt B cut off her finger again!

Sadly, there's no one left to take the call.
 
2012-07-17 01:11:12 PM

SuperNinjaToad: "We're at the point now where the criminals have more guns in their car than one police officer has in his," said Lincolnville Mayor Tyrone Aiken. "The citizens of Lincolnville need 24-hour protection."

ok maybe I am not good at logic but that statement ... kinda counter intuitive isn't it? so instead of hiring more cops to help this guy out they are wanting to get rid of him altogether? huh?


They would give jurisdiction over to the county sheriff's department, a much larger force with more resources.
 
2012-07-17 01:13:06 PM

dragonchild: Didn't South Park make an episode about this?


Yup. "Chickenlover".

Since then they went and got a police force, and while Sgt. Yates is a great character, it's not the same....
 
2012-07-17 01:13:47 PM
all right time to go sliding down the off ramp at 100 mph in my buggie
 
2012-07-17 01:18:27 PM

Madman drummers bummers: mat catastrophe: Actually, Barney was deputy sheriff, not the Mayberry Town Police.

Get it right, people.

I never let little things like facts get in the way of a joke.


I can't help my pedantry.
 
2012-07-17 01:23:03 PM
Davis? No, Dog River had two cops
 
2012-07-17 01:28:58 PM
www.gtslade.org
 
2012-07-17 01:31:44 PM
Knows a thing or to about 1 / 2 person Police departments

wormholeriders.net
 
2012-07-17 01:37:58 PM
Maybe they will just form a posse when the bandits come rolling into town.
 
2012-07-17 01:40:01 PM
Came here for Eureka reference, leaving satisfied.

Loved the final episode last night. I'm going to miss that show.
 
2012-07-17 02:01:34 PM
One of many government inefficiencies in the USA is the plethora of multi-layered police departments. Most countries make do with one police force per significant geographical area. It's a lot less expensive and a lot less corrupt.
 
2012-07-17 02:07:58 PM
FTFA: The vote was knotted in a three to three tie after councilman Leland Shannon Sr. unexpected walked out.

That's some fine editing there Lou.
 
2012-07-17 02:19:48 PM
It's pretty common out here in the sticks to not have city police forces. We haven't had one in 50 or 60 years. The county I live in is just over 700 square miles, has a population of around 3,000, and 4 small towns. There is one county sheriff and two deputies, and they are the sum total of all law enforcement in the county (except for the odd highway patrolman who may be passing through). Honestly, I don't know what the hell they do all day. The only reason we even have that many is so that we can have one on duty or on call 24/7.
 
2012-07-17 02:33:12 PM

ParaHandy: One of many government inefficiencies in the USA is the plethora of multi-layered police departments. Most countries make do with one police force per significant geographical area. It's a lot less expensive and a lot less corrupt.


It can get confusing. eg: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas_Metropolitan_Police_Department
 
2012-07-17 02:47:19 PM
I am the Part Time Clerk for a One Part Time Officer Town so I am getting a kick out of this thread
 
2012-07-17 02:49:10 PM
www.onceuponatimetv.info
Knows how it feels to be the only one on the force.
 
2012-07-17 07:49:26 PM
Andy?
 
2012-07-17 09:41:52 PM
There are a lot of small towns who don't have a police force. Subby clearly lives in the city and doesn't have a clue
 
2012-07-17 09:57:20 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-17 11:17:13 PM
ParaHandy: One of many government inefficiencies in the USA is the plethora of multi-layered police departments. Most countries make do with one police force per significant geographical area. It's a lot less expensive and a lot less corrupt.

Pretty much THIS. In a eastern US sized county (I know some of the western states have counties bigger than eastern states) There should be no more than 2 police depts. A county sheriff's office and a city police force for like the county seat(largest city in the county) there is no need for some "village" that is basically a post office and a gas station to have its own city police force.
 
2012-07-18 12:20:21 AM
I had to click to make sure it wasn't Flint.
 
2012-07-18 12:26:17 AM

ParaHandy: One of many government inefficiencies in the USA is the plethora of multi-layered police departments. Most countries make do with one police force per significant geographical area. It's a lot less expensive and a lot less corrupt.


Uhh... could you provide some examples for someone that lives in one of the countries I think you're talking about? The corruption and inefficiency are significantly worse than the U.S. where I live and in the majority of the other Latin American countries that surround me... including Chile.
 
2012-07-18 01:10:06 AM

j0nathan: ParaHandy: One of many government inefficiencies in the USA is the plethora of multi-layered police departments. Most countries make do with one police force per significant geographical area. It's a lot less expensive and a lot less corrupt.

Uhh... could you provide some examples for someone that lives in one of the countries I think you're talking about? The corruption and inefficiency are significantly worse than the U.S. where I live and in the majority of the other Latin American countries that surround me... including Chile.


Good point, there are places far more corrupt than the USA, I was thinking in the other direction ...

Australia has one police force per state.
The UK has one for each region, with London as its own.
The Republic of Ireland has simply the Garda, nationwide - they also handle the borders and immigration.

Here in the Austin area, we have about two dozen, with many overlapping jurisdictions, and it's apparently typical for the USA ... a partial list:

FBI
US Marshals
Texas State Troopers
Texas Rangers
City of Austin
Austin Department of Aviation
Travis County
Austin Independent School District
University of Texas
Round Rock
Round Rock ISD
Eanes ISD
Leander
Cedar Park
Lago Vista
West Lake Hills
Sunset Valley
 
2012-07-18 02:44:59 AM
This isn't really the realm of the stupid tag. Most villages of that size just have sheriff service rather than police. This sort of thing happens all the time. The town cop will probably be assigned to the new sheriff substation.
 
2012-07-18 11:12:34 AM

ParaHandy: Here in the Austin area, we have about two dozen, with many overlapping jurisdictions, and it's apparently typical for the USA ... a partial list:


Hold on to something: in Allegheny county in Pennsylvania there are more than 100 different police departments.

However, not much overlap. The county sheriff does no enforcement; they do stuff like escort prisoners around and handle mundane investigations. Enforcement is exclusively municipal and state police. If a community is too small to have their own police force, they contract services from a nearby community.

Most communities use a common dispatching system, though.
 
2012-07-18 11:43:48 AM
ParaHandy: j0nathan: ParaHandy: One of many government inefficiencies in the USA is the plethora of multi-layered police departments. Most countries make do with one police force per significant geographical area. It's a lot less expensive and a lot less corrupt.

Uhh... could you provide some examples for someone that lives in one of the countries I think you're talking about? The corruption and inefficiency are significantly worse than the U.S. where I live and in the majority of the other Latin American countries that surround me... including Chile.

Good point, there are places far more corrupt than the USA, I was thinking in the other direction ...

Australia has one police force per state.
The UK has one for each region, with London as its own.
The Republic of Ireland has simply the Garda, nationwide - they also handle the borders and immigration.

Here in the Austin area, we have about two dozen, with many overlapping jurisdictions, and it's apparently typical for the USA ... a partial list:

FBI
US Marshals
Texas State Troopers
Texas Rangers
City of Austin
Austin Department of Aviation
Travis County
Austin Independent School District
University of Texas
Round Rock
Round Rock ISD
Eanes ISD
Leander
Cedar Park
Lago Vista
West Lake Hills
Sunset Valley


Well not counting fed and state agencies and just looking at city and county,

My local county of 400k and some change has a grand total of 3 local agencies, the Knoxville City police, the Knox County Sheriff dept and the UT campus police.

one of the neighboring suburb counties Anderson county , has maybe 100k in the county, and they have the Anderson county Sheriff's dept, the Oak Ridge city Police dept(which is about as big as the Knoxville city police dept even though Oak Ridge has like maybe 50k people), the Clinton city police dept, the Lake City city police dept, the Oliver springs city police dept, and the Norris city police dept.
 
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