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Some small towns are turning in their badges

By John Ferak
The Omaha World-Herald, Neb. 

SYRACUSE, Neb. — When children ride the bus or walk to school here, a familiar face inside a police cruiser monitors their safety and behavior.

And late at night, Police Chief Jerry Railsback slowly drives the brick-paved downtown business district with a careful eye. He's ready, if necessary, to shine his spotlight on the tavern windows as a friendly warning to folks that it's time to close up and go home.

But this month will be last call for the Syracuse Police Department. The City Council voted last week to disband the three-officer department, effective in November.

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