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Vermont sheriffs take over patrolling Vernon

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VERNON, Vt. (AP) - County sheriffs in southern Vermont are now patrolling a small town after residents voted to disband their police department.

Residents of Vernon, in the southeastern corner of the state, voted at their town meeting in May to abandon the police department as a cost-cutting measure.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the town's contract with the Windham County Sheriff's department buys the town additional patrol hours at an annual savings of about $65,000.

Lt. Mark Anderson, who heads the new Vernon Division of the sheriff's office, is a resident and familiar figure in the town of roughly 2,200 people.

Anderson says he aims to provide high-visibility coverage and nip small problems in the bud before they become larger problems.

The transition was completed Tuesday.

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