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EAST GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — A community in western Illinois has officially disband- ed its police department over budget concerns.
East Galesburg has been without its police force since November of 2019, when the entire department resigned. Since then emergency calls in the community of about 600 people have been handled by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, but there’s no contract for sheriff’s deputies to patrol there, according to The (Galesburg) Register-Mail.
“Of course we support our police,” village trustee Sandi Corbin said. “The problem lies with the cost involved. Period.”
A village audit for 2019 expenses show $113,000 was spent for the police depart- ment, including some state funds. If there was a police department, the community would also be expected to pay for body cameras and addi- tional officer training under new rules for law enforce- ment.
The village will have an ordinance enforcer who’ll be able to cite residents for viola- tions.