Pendleton, OR - Weston is the latest small city in Oregon to consider contracting for police protection.
The East Oregonian reports the struggle to pay for public safety is common in eastern Oregon's small towns.
Policing is expensive and dangerous. But a police department can be an important part of community life.
In 1979, the small town of Echo decided to contract with the Umatilla County Sheriff's office for police services.
Echo city administrator Diane Berry says before that contract, the city was putting all its money into two police officers and other costs such as cars and insurance but they still didn't have someone on call all the time.
Berry says the town is financially healthier without the expense of a police department. The town now contracts with Stanfield for police services.