UNIONVILLE (WJRT) -
(06/06/14) - A small Huron County town's police force shut down after the officers quit. The Unionville Village only employed two police, but the community is disappointed about their resignation.
The two officers were part-time, and worked about 12 hours a week. That's not a lot of time, but people say they'll be missed.
Unionville is known as the gateway village, a town that connects Mid-Michigan to the thumb. It's the kind of place where everybody knows everybody.
"We have a wonderful little town. Everybody here helps everybody out," said Kathy Hare.
Now, neighbors in Unionville will be doing a little more helping after the village's police officers quit last week.
City council members were not available for comment, but residents say the news is the talk of the town.
"A lot of people are upset," Hare said.
Crime is not a major concern, but there are vital police services that will be missed.
"We've never had a lot of violence. We have people that watch out for each other," Hare said.
"Protection of the children when they come and go from school, make sure there is no speeding traffic around them," said Leon Stecker.
The little town gets a lot of traffic.
"There are over 2,000 cars a day going through here, going to Caseville and other places," Stecker said.
Until Unionville council members decide their next move, residents will keep their eyes open and be ready to help if they have to.
"You know, if the neighbor calls and says, 'Hey we are going to be gone for tonight, can you let the dog out and watch our house?' We won't have a problem with that," Hare said.
Community members tell ABC12 the majority of the calls to police are usually answered by the Huron County Sheriff's Department or the nearby State Police Post.