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Horseshoe Bend votes to disband town's police department

HORSESHOE BEND, AR (KAIT) – The Horseshoe Bend Police Department will no longer exist after September.

The Horseshoe Bend City Council approved a proposal Monday to disband the town's police department, according to Mayor Bob Barnes.

Barnes says two council members opposed the measure, while six agreed with his proposal to allow the Izard County Sheriff's Department to become the sole law enforcement agency in the community.

Barnes says the move will save the city an estimated $80,000 each year.

The mayor also says the sheriff's department will offer jobs to the town's three full-time police officers as well as use the former police station as a substation. He also would like to assure the residents that there will still be around-the-clock police protection despite many people's concerns.

The Izard County Sheriff's Department is expected to take over police duties full-time on September 1.

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