If there's something strange in this neighborhood, who you gonna call? Not the local police.
That's because the entire police department of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado just resigned.
Police marshal Tim Bradley and three part-time volunteer reserve officers quit en masse on April 14, according to KXRM-TV. Sources told the Fox affiliate that the quartet withdrew their services "over policy" and "unhappiness" with Jane Newberry, the newly elected mayor.
Citizens were informed of the mass walkout at a town hall meeting, but the reasons behind the sudden departures were not disclosed.
"Our marshal and three deputies quit, and that's about all they said," resident Ann Pinnell told the Washington Post. "We've had our hometown marshal for many, many years, so I sure hope we get another marshal in our town."
Newberry, who was sworn in five days after the resignations, played down the suggestion that her election was directly to blame.
"I don't know where the rumor came from because during the entire campaign we promised and I meant it," she told KOAA. "We were going to swear, reappoint him and swear him in as the marshal the same day I was sworn in."
"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," she said to KXRM-TV, adding that the former police marshal was now "pursuing other opportunities."
Green Mountain Falls has 700 residents, but the population grows to 1,200 in the summer months. Until new marshals are hired, the El Paso County and Teller County sheriff's offices have both agreed to help out with enforcing the law in the area, Newberry told the Colorado Springs Gazette.
"We will answer calls for service there just like we would with any other district in the county," El Paso County Sheriff Office spokeswoman Jackie Kirby said.
Newberry, meanwhile, said citizens should "absolutely feel safe," noting that "one of our advantages is we all look out for each other."