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Foley agrees to security guard patrols

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Oct 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) — Security guards — not police — will patrol the streets of Foley.

The City Council voted Tuesday to sign a six-month contract with the private security firm General Security Services.

Earlier this year Foley officials voted to end their contract for police protection with the Benton County sheriff's office. Deputies have been patrolling the city since 2003.

Interim City Administrator Sarah Brunn says the security guards will be responsible for general ordinance enforcement, but will not be able to investigate crimes or make traffic stops

The security firm is charging the city about $16,000 a month for 24 hour-a-day service. Benton County was charging Foley about $24,000 a month for 17 hours of protection.

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