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Local politics apparently led to an entire municipal police force in Colorado handing in their resignations.

It was a tiny force, but it was the only force.

Calls to the Green Mountain Falls Police Department will go unanswered — all four members of the force serving the town’s 640 residents (per the 2010 census), up and quit, according to KXRM Fox 21 News..

“Our marshal and three deputies quit, and that’s about all they said,” Ann Pinnell said. “We’ve had our hometown marshal for many, many years, so I sure hope we get another marshal in our town.”

After police chief Tim Bradley handed in his badge, his three volunteer reserve officers followed suite without offering a reason. However, an anonymous source told the station the mass exodus was due to a policy dispute with the hamlet’s new mayor.

Fox 21 found the station locked, dark and empty but was able to track down the new mayor.

“In an election year there’s always some people who choose to stay and some people who choose to go and I think that happens at every level of government,” Mayor Jane Newberry said.

Sure, but an entire force?

She added that Bradley “is pursuing other opportunities as I understand and good luck to him but that’s not to say that we are without police coverage.”

With no municipal officers, police protection falls on the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department to serve the population, which can run as high as 1,200 during the summer months.

“They should absolutely feel safe,” Newberry said. “I have every confidence in El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. I always have and there’s no reason anybody needs to worry. We are a small community and it’s one of our advantages is we all look out for each other.”

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