Town of Unicoi could get its own police department

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Unicoi leaders want to establish a police department to patrol the town of approximately 3,570 people.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen leaders decided to allocate $100,000 for the department.

That money would go toward one full-time and one part-time officer.

According to town mayor Johnny Lynch, a police department is necessary to enforce town ordinances and codes. The officers would also be able to work community events to make sure codes are being enforced.

A timeline for the department to open and start patrolling has not been established.

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