POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 6:35pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:22pm
The police department in Columbus, New Mexico is in disarray again. In fact, the problems are so bad, the entire police force has been disbanded.
Now, a single sheriff's deputy is patrolling the streets and residents in Columbus aren't keen to the idea of being without a police force.
"I mean i don't feel unsafe that somebody is going to come kill me. But I feel unsafe that the break-ins are increasing and I don't want somebody to come and break-in to my home," Carol Menkins said.
The mayor of Columbus refused to answer our questions about what happened to the police force.
The building that used to house the Columbus police force is empty, has been stripped of its logos and there is a sign posted on the door saying : If you have a problem to call the Luna County Sheriff's Office."
Luna County Sheriff, Raymond Cobos, has inherited the responsibility of patrolling this small community. Cobos is sending deputies to patrol the village's streets but at a huge cost to county taxpayers.
"The overtime costs about a little over $20,000 a month. It's going to eat my overtime budget rather quickly," Sheriff Cobos Said.