Central Illinois village disbands police department

WASHBURN, Ill. (AP) — The central Illinois village of Washburn has disbanded its police department, with officials citing a lack of qualified part-time police help and a recently approved state crime-reform bill.

Village President Steve Forney says in addition to the difficulty in finding reliable part-time police help, complying with the reform bill would increase costs.

That’s because of body-camera requirements, increased training and the liability issues the bill would prompt. Instead, a two-year deal between Washburn and the sheriff’s office will be considered by the Woodford County Board.

The village board in Washburn, which has about 1,100 residents, approved the deal Feb. 8.