Laurelville Closing Village Police Department

(24/7 News) -- The small community of Laurelville is dissolving the village's police force in favor of using the Hocking County Sheriff's Department.

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The village council voted unanimously to shutter the police force which had been staffed by mostly volunteer officers raising concerns about the level of law enforcement being provided.

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The Hocking County Sheriff said it would utilize the village police department facilities as a new sub-station which will allow deputies to have an office space.

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Laurelville is located outside the Hocking State Forest with an elementary school and public library branch serving around 525 residents.

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