FOLEY, Minn. (AP) — Due to budget cuts, the city of Foley will use private security patrols instead of fielding its own police department or contracting with a sheriff’s office.

The security patrols will carry firearms for self-defense but won’t be able to use them to enforce laws.

The patrols can’t make arrests, conduct traffic stops, carry out search warrants, pursue suspects or investigate crimes. Instead they’ll provide routine patrols and do preventive work, and refer crimes to the sheriff’s office.

The city used to contract with the Benton County sheriff’s office to have three deputies patrol the city. The arrangement cost about $25,000 per month.

A St. Cloud Times report says by contracting with General Security Services Corp., the city will pay about $16,000 per month.

Foley is 15 miles northeast of St. Cloud.

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Comments (16)
  1. Swamp Rat says:

    Way to go Foley! It will cost you more in the end to have ‘rent-a-cops’ than have a licensed deputy sheriff patrol your town. Think about!

  2. candyman says:

    Some of those rent a cops are probly in better shape and a good share are ex vets that i trust more then the donut patrol

    1. Dude!! says:

      You been to a mall lately? You seen some of the security guards there?

  3. Jake says:

    I’ll bet that the BARS are singin’, “Happy Days Are Here Again”. Not that Foley is a crime-ridden city, but I can see trouble coming to those who live there, I’d keep a loaded firearm handy, but out of a child’s reach, at least for awhile. The Benton Co. courthouse was built on DUI arrests/fines.

  4. Walter says:

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

  5. Ben says:

    Lets save more money and not have law enforcement; just have everyone buy their own gun.

    Everyone duck and hide while we save some money!

  6. Guess what says:

    The ALEC & Koch Brothers Industrial plan to starve “government” by making people think taxation and worker unions are evil deeds, so to eventually lead to privatization of everything. At which gullible Americans will accept a Private Company owning the entire legal and security system. The president of America will really be a CEO voted for by special district leaders who also appoints the traditional Governors, Congress etc. One can call it Oligarchy, Plutocracy whatever, it is coming……King Koch rules the world. But a funny thing is happening as we journey towards this Feudalism. People are waking up and fighting back. The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Gadaffi is dead. For now, George Washington is smiling from beyond. Vote Democrat. Obama/Biden 2012.

    1. Foolsgold says:

      Wow smoke crack much? Lol unions, Obama again yea killer job so far.

      1. Obama and jobs? says:

        Well there’s your opinion, aka the TeaBagger low-knowledge opinion. Then there’s reality, aka fact-based. I know facts can be inconvenient and it can be hard to understand them, but at least give ’em a try for once:

        This article (complete with chart!!) took all of 30 seconds to find on the Google. You do know how to use the Google, right?

        1. Issa says:

          I could have done better with a trillion dollors for a bunch of temp jobs.

    2. Jake says:

      Actually, I think it’s meth, or he/she is a paint sniffer. Way too many people in this country blame their troubles on people like the Kochs. Just shows how incredibly weak they are.

  7. whadupwichoo says:

    I be goin ta Foley to start up my small agriculture distribution bidness. THey be having a store dat be sellin baggies and papers?

  8. Buddy says:

    when citys cannot affort union wages/pensions/healthcare they must turn to the private sector. I am sure its not a choice they wanted but a city has a budget and that budget is from local tax payers and you do what you can with what you have. I am sure if the local store demanded that people buy so many grocerys from him so he could make more money a new store would be on the way.

  9. Eric says:

    Unless anyone here is a member of the Foley City Council, all we can do is speculate on the reason why this decision was made. IMO, I think it has less to do money and more to do with the politics between the city and county.

    It looks like to me the city and county couldn’t play nice and so the city decided to take money away from the county.

    Again, that’s my point of view.

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