Small Towns Should Cooperate on Cops

Dramatic population loss in many small towns has made it impossible for municipal officials to continue offering services taken for granted for years.

Officials in Yorkville, Tiltonsville and Rayland have been talking about cooperating on police protection, for that reason.

Combined, the three communities have fewer than 2,746 residents. That makes finding ways to save money in local government imperative.

Numerous issues would have to be worked out to make a cooperative policing arrangement work. Among them is how much each town would pay to cover the cost.

Clearly, officials should make every effort to come up with a workable system. The alternative may be people calling 911 and being told no help is coming.