Forest Lake might actually keep its police department now

Just a couple days ago the city council voted to eliminate the police department.

Maybe scratch that whole "Forest Lake is going to disband its police department" thing.

The city of Forest Lake has a tentative deal with the labor union representing the local police officers, the Forest LakeTimes reports. What that means is, if approved by both the union and city council, the Forest Lake Police Department won't be scrapped.

That development comes two days after city council members voted to eliminate the city's police department in favor of getting law enforcement services through the county.

"I can officially confirm!!!" council member Mara Bain wrote on Facebook. "FLPD is saved!!!!!"

KARE 11 says the union is supposed to vote Thursday. The next city council workshop is Monday, May 15.

Getting rid of the police department would have saved the city $387,000 a year – but it was met with fierce resistance from some members of the community. We Love Our Cops helped organize the pushback, and early Thursday wrote a Facebook post that said in part: "Good people do great things! Our voices were heard."

They're encouraging supporters to show up at Monday's meeting for the vote on the new contract.

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