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The town of Quapaw votes to replace its police department with Quapaw Nation Marshals

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Quapaw Police Dissolve
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Quapaw Police Dissolve

The town of Quapaw's council met tonight to discuss changes to law enforcement in the community.

The agreement allows the city to transfer law enforcement responsibilities to the Quapaw Nation's Marshals. According to the agreement, the Quapaw Nation will provide law enforcement services through mutually shared police officers of the town of Quapaw and the Quapaw Nation's Marhsals. This means, there will no longer be a Quapaw Police Department, or police chief.

Council members say the reason for dissolving the police department is costs. The agreement will cost the city $2,500 a month, however, one council member said this is a significant decrease from what the current police force costs the city, which is approximately $12,000 a month. However, there was no set date on when the Marshals would take control. There were also no details available on what would happen to the existing Quapaw police officers.

Some citizens express concern over coverage, and when officers would be patrolling the community.

The council did determine following the meeting that a special session will be required sometime in the next several days to hammer out final details on the agreement.
 

 

 

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