FOLEY, Minn. (AP) — Foley officials are putting plans to hire private security patrols for the central Minnesota town on hold.

The City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to go back to Benton County for a new police services contract. The St. Cloud Times reports Mayor Gary Gruba was one of the dissenters.

City Administrator Sarah Brunn says Foley is asking the county to have five core officers cover the city to provide consistency for residents. County commissioners will have to vote on whether to approve the contract.

Last month, Foley decided to hire a private security company to patrol its streets, to save money. But Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson raised concern about possible legal ramifications of relying on private security, and urged the city and the county to meet in mediation.

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Comments (2)
  1. G Dog says:

    If Foley residents thought that they would save their tax dollars by hiring “rent a cops”, wait until the first lawsuit that they lose because of a mistake by cutting corners.

    Maybe paying for professional law enforcement service is not only logical, but cost efficient. They don’t call them shortcuts for nothing!!!

    1. Brian says:

      Exactly, G Dog. Not only that, but I hope the citizens are very vocal about the lack of response time that is sure to follow a disbanded police department. Juveniles vandalizing your property? Loved one having a medical emergency? Benton County will be there in 20 minutes because they’re responsible for the whole county. Foley PD would have been there in 2 minutes, but the city council voted to get rid of them. Enjoy the tax dollar you’re saving. You’ll need it to pay to fix your car because the suspect is long gone, along with any hope of getting restitution.

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