I was talking with a friend, and it seems due to the budget crunch, a lot of towns are reducing their police force, or removing it altogether. These towns are out in the boonies of Massachusetts, but other towns across the country are going through the same issues.
Looks like fire and Police are the first to get cut in these towns, they are planning on relying on the State Police to police these towns. But the State Police is consolidating several barracks to reduce their budget. No police are being laid off, thankfully, but they will be working from a barracks quite far from their patrol area. So every arrest, coffee run etc. takes a lot longer. Granted closing the barracks is cheaper, but your backup could be a 25 minute ride away! That's with lights and sirens too.
This is not good at all for those smaller communities out west. I hope the eastern communities have the common sense not to cut their police and fire personnel, but I wouldn't bet on it. I'll try to pull more detailed information and post it up on the Mass section of the Preppers network.