Around the country, cities, communities, townships and towns are having to make difficult decisions in order to stay within dwindling budgets. For some, this may be to change trash pickup to twice a month instead of every week. Other communities, such as Forest Lake, Minnesota, decided to pull the plug on its police department. The city council decided it best to shut down the police department, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, and allow the county police to pick up the slack.
Taking such a move, sadly, is something many locations around the nation are now forced to do, and while it can save communities a large sum of money, it comes at a cost. By shutting down the police department, Forest Lake would have fewer police officers on hand. It also would make response times significantly longer, which could end up costing the lives of someone in need.
However, residents in Forest Lake are not taking this sitting down. In fact, many are standing and walking out in support of the police department.
In a show of support for the local police department, over 1,000 students at the Forest Lake high school staged a walk out. This effectively shut down the high school. Want to know more about the students and why they support the police? Make sure to watch the video!