By Aaron Kesel August 1, 2017
The entire police force of Sand Point, Alaska quit in July in a matter of just three weeks, leaving the town without any authoritative presence, and the transition has been smooth without any type of state enforcement agent.
Sand Point, an Alaskan island town with a population of about 1,000, had a police force of three officers and a police chief mid-July.
That’s when the officers, two of whom were a married couple, began to quit one after the other and then finally the police chief himself resigned.
City Administrator Andrew Varner said that the first officer wanted to be closer to a spouse who is in the military. A week later, two more officers, a married couple, left because of a “family decision.”
That left Sand Point police chief, Roger Bacon, who then decided to take a long-planned month-long vacation to Scotland. This decision cost him his job as a “mutual understanding” was reached between Bacon and the city council that if he left he wouldn’t be returning to his post.