The city voted to sign a contract with a private security company after failing to reach a new contract with Benton County. Foley has been contracting with the county to provide law enforcement since the city cut its own police staff in 2003. Foley is the first city in Minnesota to hire a private police force.
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Police standards panel blocks Foley's plans to hire private security police force
The Peace Officers Standards Training Board rejected the city of Foley's plan to hire private security guards to replace county sheriffs deputies. Foley's attempts to switch to private security would make it the first city in the state to ditch public law enforcement services. The city says it's a cost-saving move.
Police agency denies block of Foley's private security police force
The executive director of the police standards board charged with blocking an effort to hire private security to replace county sheriffs deputies says the claims are "fiction." A Foley city official confirms that the agency contacted the proposed security outfit but did not take action.
Foley becomes 1st Minnesota city to ditch deputies for security guards
The Foley city council voted to end their contract with the Benton County Sheriff's Department to save money. They'll pay nearly half as much to a private security company instead to safeguard the city.
Foley, Benton County in mediation over police services contract
The central Minnesota city previously contracted with the Benton County sheriff's office but switched in a cost-cutting move -- making it the first in the state to hire a private security company to patrol its streets.
Foley puts plan to hire private security officers on hold
Last month, the central Minnesota city dropped their contract with the Benton County sheriff's office in order to save money. But Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson raised concern about possible legal ramifications of relying on private security.
Attorney General will try to get sheriff's deputies back on beat in Foley
The city recently ended its contract with the Benton County sheriff's department in favor of a less expensive deal with a private security company. Now Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has offered to help mediate talks aimed at putting security back in the hands of sheriff's deputies.
Duluth police expands force with video surveillance
A growing number of U.S. cities are installing cameras to help deter and investigate crimes, including Duluth. Minnesota Public Radio reports the city has installed nearly three dozen cameras along Lake Superior and downtown.
Police prepare for potential hockey riots at U of M
Rioters overturned cars, started fires and looted stores in Dinkytown after the Gophers won the NCAA hockey tournament in 2002 and 2003. With the team possibly headed to the championship round on Saturday, campus and city police are putting together a "fairly significant police deployment plan," which includes plenty of officers as well as surveillance cameras.
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