Rochester Post Bulletin: Rural communities face challenges in policing

EXCERPT: “Many small towns struggle to sustain a local police department with qualified and experienced law enforcement officers, said Andy Skoogman, executive director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. It can be difficult to replace police chiefs and officers who retire or get hired by other agencies. Cash-strapped city councils are then tempted to outsource their law enforcement services. ‘This is a discussion that has been going on for many years,’ Skoogman said. ‘The biggest challenge is recruiting and retaining police officers who want to work in small towns. Typically, the pay is greater and the resources (are) more abundant at larger agencies'” FULLSTORY: