Dozens protest downsizing of St. Augustine Beach police force
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- Dozens showed up to a city council meeting to protest the downsizing of the St. Augustine Beach police force Monday night. The neighbors are angry that their police department will soon shrink from 17 to 5 officers.
The city council voted to reorganize in July following scandal in the department. Eleven officers accused then-Police Chief Richard Hedges of unethical conduct. Shortly thereafter, he stepped down.
The council decided tonight to push forward with finding a new chief and moving forward with the reorganization.
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