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Miss. town could lose police department

(WMC-TV) - One small Mississippi town is facing some big financial woes — and it could have the Police Department on the chopping block.

For a small town of a little more than 1,000 people, downtown Como has several restaurants and shops.

Right now, a small police force of three full-time officers are there to protect it.

"Como, right now, is financially strapped, I don't think that's a big secret," said Como Police Chief Fred Boskey.

To make ends meet, town leaders will have to make cuts and they've talked about everything from reducing the staff to disbanding the entire department.

Any deal would hinge on what the Panola County Sheriff's Office is able to do.

The town would have to get approval from the attorney general's office, and Boskey doesn't know what to expect for the future of his job and his force.

"I have been taken aback by the outpouring of support from the citizens here," he said.

Many people to wanted to keep the department, though some thought the area could manage if the county patrolled the small town.

Boskey hopes to be able to continue to patrol the community he's called home for four years, but fears the decision the mayor and alderman will soon have to make.

The mayor was unavailable Friday, but a debate is scheduled at their board meeting later this month.

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