"…never thought this would happen…"

Apparently they thought they’d be immune

In a Pennsylvania town that disbanded its three-member police force, Anita Gricar worries that officers from the neighboring town won’t come fast enough if she calls for help. She also misses the comfort that came from having officers who knew everyone and everything about Versailles, Pa., population 1,700.
“They knew your house, they knew when your tomatoes are red,” Gricar said.
This is what the nation’s economic crisis looks like in law enforcement. As tax revenue shrivels, police agencies that for years were bulletproof when it came to funding are tightening their belts. Some worry that criminals will take advantage of the situation.

But remember, folks, you don’t need guns, because the police will protect you!

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