Auburn Police Officers To Trade in Badges for Stars

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Besides the road noise on the highway through town, Auburn is quiet.

The crime rate here is about 80% lower than the national average.

Three police officers usually patrol the streets - protecting about 3,500 residents.

But that won't be the case anymore.

Nemaha County Commissioners voted unanimously to consolidate the police department with the sheriff's office.

The transition shouldn't be tough. The two agencies already share the same building.

According to Auburn Mayor Scott Kudrna, the three officers won't lose their jobs. They will join the Nemaha County Sherrif's Office as deputies.

A fourth deputy will be hired. The three police cruisers and all equipment will be turned over to the county.

City Council member, Katy Billings, is concerned law enforcement won't have the same presence.

"My concerns are we are going to lose that community policing that I feel is so important in the city," said Billings.

But Mayor Kudrna assures nothing will change.

"It's the same people only in a brown uniform instead of blue," said Kudrna.

The city will pay the county $283,000 each year for 3 years.

The new plan will save the city nearly $120,000. Which Mayor Kudrna says is a better use of tax payers money.

He says the extra dollars can go toward improving streets.

The changes happen January 1st.