TN Town On Edge As Its Police Force Quits


Alexandria, Tn., Police Chief Jim Baker and both of the city’s full-time officers quit on Aug. 23 over a controversial proposal to save taxpayer money by limiting police activity in Alexandria to the nighttime hours. That idea has since been scrapped, Mayor David Cripps said.

“Our security department just decided it would be an extra measure to have (a private security guard) here until we know what’s going to happen,” said Kim Talley, manager of the Regions Bank branch in Alexandria. She said she feels safe inside the bank, one of three in Alexandria. She is concerned the publicity the proposed cuts and police resignations have generated might encourage outsiders to come to the town to commit a crime. Mark Collins, a former captain with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, was the town’s only cop for about a week. He has hired one full-time officer since then and expects to hire a second soon. “We’re not 24/7 yet, but we will be shortly,” Collins said.


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