(TheRedWire.com) – A small Minnesotan city called Goodhue has been left without a police force following the resignation of the entire department, including the chief.
Elle Anderson Buck, the mayor of Goodhue, noted during an interview on Fox 9 that they were all surprised by the incident but that the city would move forward. She added that the city would continue to have police coverage and that this would not be an issue.
Josh Smith, the Police Chief whose last day in his position following his resignation will be Aug. 24, stated that for the past three weeks, he had been trying to recruit new personnel unsuccessfully as no one wanted to join the force. He added that he had also called the police forces from nearby areas, who also told him that no one was joining the force.
As he pointed out, if they wanted to maintain a police force, then it was evident that something needed to change.
Chris Schmit, who is a member of the city’s council, praised the police force for their so far efforts and worked in keeping the city safe and added that they all wanted to see them back at the job. He said there was a lack of recruitment in the community because of the low pay and the fact that larger communities were more competitive.
Minneapolis, the largest city in the state, became central to news about the police in 2020 following the death of George Floyd, which led to the sentencing of an ex-Minneapolis officer.
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