Alaska town loses po­lice, but not order

Cape Breton Post - - World -

A small, iso­lated town at the edge of Alaska’s Aleu­tian Is­lands had no po­lice over­sight for sev­eral days af­ter its three of­fi­cers quit in quick suc­ces­sion and its po­lice chief re­signed.

Of­fi­cials say the predica­ment that be­fell Sand Point il­lus­trates the per­sis­tent chal­lenges of hir­ing and re­tain­ing work­ers in ru­ral parts of the vast state.

The res­ig­na­tions took place as the town of nearly 1,000 peo­ple swelled by sev­eral hun­dred for the com­mer­cial fish­ing and pro­cess­ing sea­son.

Town of­fi­cials say no big prob­lems oc­curred when of­fi­cers were ab­sent.

Two of­fi­cers, a mar­ried cou­ple, quit in early July, fol­lowed soon af­ter by the third of­fi­cer, then the po­lice chief July 20.

An act­ing po­lice chief ar­rived in the town last week to help out un­til the jobs are filled.

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