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Small Town Policing in the New Millennium: Strategies, Options, and Alternate Methods Published in Cooperation with the Illinois Institute for Rural AffairsSmall Town Policing in the New Millennium: Strategies, Options, and Alternate Methods



Quoting from these materials, for noncommercial purposes, is permitted, providing proper credit is given. First Printing: May 2000Executive Summary Small town officials face a variety of trends that are making it increasingly difficult to provide police services in the traditional way—through an in-house, municipal police department. Statistics suggest that incidents of crime are increasing in rural areas, and the current means of providing services is becoming ineffective. This study examines the emerging crime trends which are causing small town law enforcement officials to consider changing the structure of service provision, as well as the alternate strategies that have already been implemented in some communities and their implications. Three alternate strategies have emerged in small communities throughout the state: (1) contracting for patrol services with county sheriffs ’ offices or nearby municipal police departments, (2) consolidation or merger of small police departments in close proximity to each other, and (3) contracting directly with certified police officers—a form of privatization. While a relatively small number of communities have implemented such alternatives, there wil

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