Voters Reject Police Department

NICKERSON, Kan. (AP) Voters in the south-central Kansas town of Nickerson have said no to starting a full-time police department.

The Hutchinson News reports that in an advisory election conducted by mail ballot, 129 voters voted yes for setting up a police department, and 181 voters said no. Voting ended Tuesday.

The Nickerson City Council isn’t required to follow what the voters chose, but council members said they would seek their input from residents after the police department was eliminated in 2012.

The proposed Nickerson Police Department would have at least two officers for the town of about 1,000 residents. Nickerson now relies on the Reno County Sheriff’s Department.