Exeter closes Police Department

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 | 11:47 a.m. CST; updated 5:55 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 27, 2008

EXETER — A small town in southwestern Missouri has again closed its police department as revenue has dwindled and people aren't paying their speeding tickets.

The City Council of Exeter, with 707 residents, voted to cease the department, which had two part-time officers.

City Clerk Myrna Eisenbraun says it's the fifth time in 11 years the town has had to close its Police Department.

The city has few businesses collecting sales tax and has had a hard time getting people to pay the fines for speeding and other law-enforcement violations.

Eisenbraun says people can't afford to pay the fines and holding them in jail would be too expensive.


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