City's Entire Police Force Resigns, Tells People 'Please Be Kind To Each Other'
Sand Point, Alaska – The city of Sand Point lost its entire police force in July leaving the Aleutian island town of about 1,000 people without any law enforcement.
The town had a police force that included three officers and a police chief as of mid-July.
The first police officer quit about July 10 when his military spouse was transferred out of state, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. Soon after that, two other police officers that were a married couple resigned from their jobs due to personal issues.
That left police chief Roger Bacon as the only law enforcement official in town.
However, Chief Bacon had a long-planned month-long vacation in Scotland that would have left the city without any police presence, the newspaper reported.
Sand Point City Manager Andy Varner said that the city council and Chief Bacon came to a mutual decision that the chief wouldn’t have a job when he came back from his vacation in Scotland.
Chief Bacon told the KUCB Unalaska radio station that "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it."
On July 20, the city put out a public notice to assure citizens that the situation was being handled.
The public notice said an Alaska State Trooper would be in town for a couple days and shortly after that one or two law enforcement officials would cover the interim period until a new police chief was found.
“Although the police department is in a state of transition, please rest assured that the community will NOT be in a lawless state and we will soon have an enforcement presence to keep Sand Point residents safe and secure,” the PSA said. “We appreciate your patience. Have a pleasant summer, and please be kind to each other.”
Summer is the peak of Sand Point’s “frenzied commercial fishing and processing season,” the newspaper reported.
As of Aug. 2, the city had open positions for the police chief and two officer positions.