One town in the state of Indiana dealing with the aftermath after its entire police force resigned last month. Bunker Hill, Indiana is rebuilding its police force with the help of the town couch and the imminent appointment of a new marshal.
The debacle started back in December when the previous marshal and his four volunteer deputies walked off the job. Their resignations left the town of Bunker Hill without a police force. However, the former police officers explain their actions were from issues with the city,
“We have had issues with the town board and there are some activities there where I felt like they were serving their own agenda,” said former Bunker Hill Town Marshal Michael Thomison.
Thompson further explains that he served in the position for four years and just couldn’t take anymore.
“They would not communicate with us or the officers and they kept scaling back,” said Thomison.
All of the officers handed in resignation letters that backed up Thomison’s claims of illegal and unethical actions of the toen’s council members, such as forcing the officers to do unsafe things. Thomison gives the example of the fact that the force was made to share one set of body armour, which left officers unprotected from danger.
“I did not want to send someone out there with bad body armor so I would take mine off and provide it to the other officers. I told them we have to provide this, there is an IC code that explains that and says that the town has to provide that body armor,” said Thomison.
According to the local media, the Bunker Hill Town Council received more than 50 applications for the new marshal position. The president of the council, Brock Speer explains that they have decided on three candidates to interview for the part time marshal position.
Despite the rebuilding process, many critics are calling for the council members to step down and allow new members to take over.