Future of Trimble police force in limbo

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TRIMBLE, Mo. -- The former mayor of Trimble, Mo. told FOX 4 on Monday that the city council is considering disbanding the entire police department.

A meeting is scheduled Monday evening at 7 p.m. to discuss it, but it is a closed session, according to the former mayor.

The police department is made up of part-time employees; one police chief and four officers.

The city council reportedly does not think there is enough crime in the Trimble area to justify a police force

The Clinton County Sheriff's Office would assume the public safety responsibility.  Clinton County has only six full-time deputies to cover the entire county.

FOX 4's Rob Low spoke to residents of Trimble on Monday who aren't excited about being left without a police force.

In March, Trimble police were called to a bank robbery at the First Security Bank, 202 U.S. Hwy. 169. The robber was shot in the face by a bank employee. According to the affidavit, Trimble police officers located the suspect's Dodge Stratus and began pursuing him at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. Officers deployed spike strips and the vehicle stopped.

Michael Oliva, 34, was arrested and charged with the attempted bank robbery and leading authorities on a high-speed chase. Police later said the gun used in the robbery was a toy gun.

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