City of Lorenzo without police force - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

City of Lorenzo without police force

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

For nearly a month, the City of Lorenzo has been without a police department after their two officers resigned to take new jobs. Now other law enforcement agencies are helping to pick up the slack while the City tries to figure out what's next.

Lorenzo City Manager Rusty Forbes says their Chief of Police resigned back in December to take a job with the Crosby County Sheriff's Department, while the other officer resigned on January 11th to move to Garza County.

One of the main concerns from citizens is the response time to emergencies without a local police force presence. Ralls has 2 police officers who have been helping respond to calls, but they're at least 8 miles away. Crosby County Sheriff Deputies have also been patrolling the City of Lorenzo and are on standby to help out.

"Actually, we've had a pretty good presence from our County Department in Lorenzo right now," Forbes said. "I want to reassure them at this point the Sheriff is covering the city very well in my opinion."

Forbes says the main problem is the town's dwindling population and the struggle to keep police officers wanting to stay in small towns where their salaries are much lower.  "Small towns kind of seem to be the stepping stone," Forbes said. "Right now our council is looking at whether we're going to hire another Chief of Police or contract out with the county."

Crosby County Sheriff Ethan Villanueva says small towns eliminating their police departments and contracting with the county is a growing trend because the difficulty of keeping a steady police force in small towns.

"A lot of new officers get their first jobs in small town departments, and usually they're there just for a year or two. Then they're ready to move on to bigger and better things," Sheriff Villanueva said. "These small towns like Ralls and Lorenzo are constantly looking for new officers or police chiefs."

Villanueva says if Lorenzo decided to contract its law enforcement to Crosby County, the city would pay for a new deputy to be hired. That deputy would live in and cover the town of Lorenzo.

Forbes says this option is economical because it would actually save the city money, and still provide just as much protection for the citizens.

Lorenzo City Council will consider their options at the city council meeting Monday night at 7:30p.m. If they decide to make a contract with the county, Crosby County Commissioners would also have to approve it.

Copyright 2013 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier

    North Korea slams Pence as summit with Trump grows shakier

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:51 PM EDT2018-05-24 00:51:44 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:44 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:44:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). Women protesters stage a rally for peace on the Korea peninsular near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump labored with South Korea's Moon Jae-in Tuesday to keep the highly anticipated U...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). Women protesters stage a rally for peace on the Korea peninsular near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump labored with South Korea's Moon Jae-in Tuesday to keep the highly anticipated U...
    A top North Korean official says recent comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence were "stupid" and "ignorant" and again warns the country is willing to pull out of a planned summit with Trump.
    A top North Korean official says recent comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence were "stupid" and "ignorant" and again warns the country is willing to pull out of a planned summit with Trump.
  • Syria state-run media reports US-led airstrike on army posts

    Syria state-run media reports US-led airstrike on army posts

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:11 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:11:43 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:43 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:43:57 GMT
    A Pentagon spokesman said there was "no information" to confirm or deny the reports. (Source: Raycom Media)A Pentagon spokesman said there was "no information" to confirm or deny the reports. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Syrian government-run media outlet is reporting that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have struck Syrian army positions in eastern Syria near the front lines with the Islamic State group.

    Syrian government-run media outlet is reporting that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have struck Syrian army positions in eastern Syria near the front lines with the Islamic State group.

  • Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

    Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:43:15 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:42 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:42:20 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment.

    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment.

Powered by Frankly