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Town's entire police department quits

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UNIONVILLE, MI (WNEM) -

Unionville has its own school system, flower shop, and bar - but a police department is missing in the Tuscola County community.

A thumb-area town is left without any police after the two-person department quit, leaving a glaring hole in the community.

Village resident Bob Hare said he was upset to learn that both of the town's police officers resigned last week. Village officials said the former officers turned in a resignation letter citing irreconcilable differences between them and the village council.

"I think we need some protection around here," Hare said.

Fellow resident Laura Zuzga agrees.

"We had a bunch of break-ins in the fall and they were short-handed at the time so it's kind of scary. Especially now that it's out, that people in the area know, there's no one around," Zuzga said.

Now Zuzga, who has kids, said life for her is a little uneasy without Unionville's police around.

"I make sure windows are locked, doors are locked, things like that," she said.

The village president said the town is looking to hire at least one part-time officer.

"I hope they figure it out soon," Zuzga said.

Meanwhile, Hare isn't going to wait for the village to decide what to do next.

"I think I'll just start carrying (a gun) myself," he said.

Hare fears it might take too long for the county or state police to respond to an emergency in town.

If Unionville hires a part-time officer, he or she would work about 24 hours a week, which is all the town's budget will allow.

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