So in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

after Sirius gets freed

The security measures for Hogwarts should stay the same, right? So why did they remove the dementors?

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    how did you get a second hnq!
    – Himarm
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 19:14
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    @Himarm By asking an easy HP question, of course.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 20:02

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The Dementors attempting to Kiss Harry, was enough to show even Fudge they were not to be trusted at school. Further security is also forgone when Sirius most likely lays a false trail as he says he will.

‘He’s not the only one!’ puffed Fudge. ‘The Daily Prophet’s going to have a field day! We had Black cornered and he slipped through our fingers yet again! All it needs now is for the story of that Hippogriff’s escape to get out, and I’ll be a laughing stock! Well ... I’d better go and notify the Ministry ...’

‘And the Dementors?’ said Dumbledore. ‘They’ll be removed from the school, I trust?’

‘Oh, yes, they’ll have to go,’ said Fudge, running his fingers dis- tractedly through his hair. ‘Never dreamed they’d attempt to administer the Kiss on an innocent boy ... completely out of control ... No, I’ll have them packed off back to Azkaban tonight. Perhaps we should think about dragons at the school entrance ...’ -Prison of Azkaban

I believe the Dementors are still searching for me, but they haven’t a hope of finding me here. I am planning to allow some Muggles to glimpse me soon, a long way from Hogwarts, so that the security on the castle will be lifted. - Prisoner of Azkaban

Finally we know that later in the series security is never brought back for Sirius due to Kingsley Shacklebolt working with the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore to lay a false trail for Sirius.

Kingsley Shacklebolt’s been a real asset, too; he’s in charge of the hunt for Sirius, so he’s been feeding the Ministry information that Sirius is in Tibet.’

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    Those dratted Dementors, trying to take Ginny's job.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 12:49
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    @Randal'Thor - augh! Did not need that imagery today.
    – Radhil
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 13:01
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    Not to mention they didn't really work :P
    – Au101
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 17:09
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    @Randal'Thor: THWACK! THWACK THWACK THWACK THWACK THWACK!!! And just for good measure, THWACK!
    – Martha
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 17:12

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