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Akeley police can no longer offer ride-alongs to citizens

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AKELEY -- Citizen "ride-alongs" with Akeley police officers have been disallowed following an incident in December involving part-time officer Travis Carlson.

The council convened a special meeting Monday night to "review employee status" and address the policy allowing citizens to accompany officers on patrol, which had been permitted at the discretion of the police chief.

Liability issues, mayor Jennifer Mitchell warned, preclude the practice.

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