You’ll Never Believe Why An Entire Town’s Police Officers Quit

Real life can sometimes seem stranger than fiction, and this story is one of those moments.

An entire Indiana town has no police officers after every single one of them walked off the job because of their disdain for the Town Council.

The Town Council of Bunker Hill, Indiana, with a population of 888 people, would make constant budget cuts and was allegedly forcing the police with “illegal, unethical, and immoral” requests.

As if it were a scene out of a movie, they all walked off the job and plan on never returning.

The Bunker Hill town police force included Marshal Thomison and his four deputies, who all blame the Bunker Hill Town Council for the situation.

According to a Fox 59 affiliate in Indianapolis:

Thomison served as town marshal for four years until Monday night when he and four other officers handed over resignation letters to the council, telling them they have had enough.  “They would not communicate with us or the officers and they kept scaling back,” said Thomison.

 

In their resignation letters, the officers accuse council members of asking them to “do illegal, unethical, and immoral things.”  They cited examples like asking police to run background checks on other town councilors to find their criminal history.

 

The officers also claim they were threatened when they said no.  Another issue they brought up in the letter was their safety.

 

The officers say they were all forced to share one set of body armor, putting their lives on the line while they were out making arrests and serving warrants.

 

“I did not want to send someone out there with bad body armor so I would take mine off and provide it to the other officers.

 

I told them we have to provide this, there is an IC code that explains that and says that the town has to provide that body armor,” said Thomison.

Of course, the Bunker Hill Town Council offered a rebuttal statement that their disagreements with the officers were caused by a lack of funding, and point the finger back at the police force instead of taking responsibility.

The Town Council statement to the residents read:

“Like most small towns, there have been from time to time, disagreements in the policy making process between the Town Council and other town departments.

 

The current Town Council, as well as prior councils have, on occasion, had disagreements with Mr. Thomison over a number of things.  These disagreements have primarily been caused by the lack of funding available to the town to invest in the police department.

 

However, the council denies that it has failed to provide body armor for the marshal or reserve deputies.  The council is well aware of Indiana law on the topic and has complied with it fully.

 

Further, the council absolutely denies that it has ever asked Mr. Thomison or any of the reserve deputies to be involved in any illegal, unethical or immoral actions.

 

The council admits that it had made a number of cuts to the police department over the last few years. This was a decision the town made due to a lack of funding.

 

Bunker Hill is diligently working to solve this problem for the coming year. The cuts made to the police department were not made with the intention of jeopardizing the safety of any of the town’s police officers.

 

Over the last few years, the council has made attempts to find additional money for the department.  Mr. Thomison was instrumental in obtaining a large sum of money on behalf of the town. However, he fails to state that the police department received the benefit of a large portion of that funding.

 

The resignation of the entire police force has come as a shock to the council. It has never been the goal to dismantle or otherwise endanger the town police department or officers.

 

The council thanks these officers for their service to the town.  Bunker Hill is in the process of obtaining a new marshal and reserve deputies.  The council asks for patience from the town residents in this process.”

And the Town Council isn’t even trying to reconcile the problem?  They’re just going to hire a whole new police force?

Maybe they should fire themselves if they’re so incompetent and lousy at their jobs.

In fact, their jobs should be the first thing affected when “budget cuts” happen in a small town.

I guess now is the time to break the law in Bunker Hill.

  • Violette Heggen

    These policemen must file a lawsuit in our congress! Somebody have to investigate further, it seems like the town councilmen are pocketing the money! They need to step down or get fired’

    • JRT12

      Yessssss!! Time to Clean House and Drain the SWAMP of the Vermin in council!!! ALL 888 ppl of the town, need to be busy going after them Legally and start Investigating, if council has been Stealing!!

    • SouthernPatriot

      They cannot file a lawsuit in our congress, but they can file a lawsuit in local and/or regional court. If things are in any way as they are in other towns, 888 citizens may mean there are about half of those citizens are minors who do not pay taxes to support the local police and out of those remaining 444 about half do not pay local taxes to support the local police, which leaves 222 who do pay taxes and those taxes may not be enough to support local government. The town could apply for grants from major law enforcement foundations and major corporations which could enable them to purchase body armor. On the taxes of around 200 tax paying citizens, I doubt they can pay the town councilmen much at all.

  • dennis johnson

    Here’s a shout to all you scumbags that want to rob, rape and raise Hell in Bunker Hill, IN. The town is wide open and the first place to knock over is the town council members because nobody is going to protect those clowns. Give er Hell Amigos.

  • Hillyard Hellraiser

    This is all we need to know about the mindset of our elected officials. They would rather cut police funding that is used to keep the residents safe rather than cut down on their salaries or getting rid of 1 or 2 of the council members. Who is more important in your mind?

    • StBernardnot

      That small of a town probably can’t afford 7 cops wages, healthcare, pensions, etc. They don’t need 7 cops.

      • SouthernPatriot

        That’s exactly correct.

      • Howard

        If you read it through it says 4 reserve deputies.

        • StBernardnot

          Look at the picture! 7

    • SouthernPatriot

      They probably need 3 law enforcement personnel and that includes the marshal. Cut back in police, cut back in city council, if councilmen are being paid any more than a monthly stipend of a few hundred dollars each for expenses to attend the meetings.

  • David Stewart

    Darn shame when there are too many large toads for a small puddle!

  • StBernardnot

    7cops for 888 people. That’s excessive by any standard. Our town of 650 has one full time & one part time cop. If more are needed, neighboring towns & the Sheriff will provide back-up.

    • Laura McGaffey

      Where does it say “7 cops”? I read “marshall and FOUR others”.

      • StBernardnot

        Look at the picture!

  • Call Me Mom

    Let’s see, although I am terrible at math, I will make an attempt. Say $40K/year for the Marshall and the reserve deputies. That’s 40,000 x 5 = 200, 000. Double that number for unemployment insurance, health insurance, workman’s comp and equipment/maintenance. That brings it to $400,000/ year. For a town of 888 people. ( I am assuming that they need that many officers to have at least two people on duty 24 hours a day, but that’s their call.)
    That’s ~ $450 /year in taxes for every person in town.

    The city of Milwaukee, WI employs(according to wikipedia (not the best source I know, but probably okay for a ballpark figure) 1,868 law enforcement officers to police a population of 600, 000 people. That’s about one officer for every 321 people. This town has one officer for every 177 people. It seems like cuts could be made, but then again, if you want to have at least two officers available at any time in such a small town, 4 is the minimum number you can have and one more as a floater for when illness strikes or vacations.

    If the town is pretty quiet, you might be able to get by with just an Andy and a Barney and the State Patrol/Sheriff’s office for backup, but the town has to make that decision themselves.

    As to the behavior of the town council. I wish they had said more about that. Asking to check the criminal records of other council members doesn’t seem like that big a deal. Just give them the Url for an on-line site and tell them to do their dirty work themselves. I can see the body armor angle. You want to be able to come home to your family every night as an officer.

    Makes me curious about what they will do. The taxpayers pockets are not bottomless. I would not advise criminals to have a holiday there, though. When people know they are responsible for themselves, they tend to get armed and trained. At least that’s what I would do … if I wasn’t already, and I suspect that, in Bunker Hill, they are.

    Here is where I took the info used for the baseline 40K
    “Police Patrol Officer Salaries
    Percentile Salary Location
    10th Percentile Police Patrol Officer Salary $36,148 US
    25th Percentile Police Patrol Officer Salary $44,234 US
    50th Percentile Police Patrol Officer Salary $53,116 US
    75th Percentile Police Patrol Officer Salary $62,685 US
    1 more row
    Police Patrol Officer Salaries by education, experience, location and …
    www1.salary.com/Police-Officer-Salary.html”

  • PATRICIA MEAD

    Appears to be a complicated situation , money, taxes, corruption, safety, one that requires a view of all involved.