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07/24/08 - Tyler

Edgewood Considering Dismantling Its Police Department Over Energy Concerns

High energy prices are forcing one east Texas city to consider doing away with its police department.

The city of Edgewood put its four police officers on paid leave this morning.

The city says it needs to look at how the police department affects its budget.

On Monday, the city council will decide if they will keep the department, restructure it, or just do away with it all together, something that has some citizens concerned.

"That's just unheard of to me. I just can't believe it. I don't understand how, or why," said Tammy Graham, an Edgewood resident.

"It takes long enough when you have city officers here you know for them to respond, and to think we will have to wait for the county. Edgewood is not a big town, but we need police officers," said Jennifer Harris, who also lives in Edgewood.

"Four dollar gas, electricity bills, insurance rates, this not only affects the private individual, but it affects the cities as well, and like I said we have a very proactive city council and we are going to take proactive measures," said Mayor Charles Prater.

The city says the Van Zandt County Sheriff's department will patrol the streets of Edgewood.

The city will discuss the fate of its police department Monday morning at 9:00 am at the Edgewood city hall.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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