(LAW OFFICER) – As police agencies across the country have struggled with staffing amid the anti-police sentiment and their local leaders supporting the defund the police movement, a small town in Missouri just lost its entire force as the chief and all of his officers submitted their resignations citing reasons from the pay rate to not having the proper tools to do the job.
Kimberling City Police Chief Craig Alexander was the first to put in his notice on Aug. 23 after accepting another position. He informed the town’s mayor that he wanted a change and to better himself, ozarksfirst reported.
Alexander was soon joined by a sergeant and three officers who decided to move on. The resignations left city leaders scrambling as the mayor said the departures were “unexpected and the short notice disappointing.”
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