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Published: Saturday, Jan. 25 2014 1:45 p.m. MST

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Although this traffic stop may help solve a murder and arson crime, it certainly raises several questions.

Utah Transit Authority police making traffic stops????? What the heck is that all about?

I recall the Granite School District cops being involved with high speed chases and traffic stops of some sort a few years ago.

Why do so many governmental agencies feel compelled to have their very own police force? Why are these non-law enforcement agencies involved in ANY police functions outside their own tightly defined property?

There are serious concerns over actual law enforcement agencies and their disturbing trend towards para-militarization with huge armored vehicles, fancy SWAT teams with all the cool (and very costly) toys and increasing Rambo mindset. Is this escalation encouraging non-police entities to step onto the bottom rung of the cop business?

Why are the Highway Patrol, Sheriffs Departments and municipal police not upset with these "wannabe" cops trampling on their turf?

Perhaps it is time to consolidate ALL police agencies into one or two, not this multi-jurisdictional patchwork of potential professionals and Keystone Cops.

Clearfield, UT

DN Subscriber. I am responding to your comments. I am employed as A UTA Driver. Our officers are not keystone cops. I know of one who is retired Ogden PD. He was in charge of traffic enforcement. UTA officers are POST certified just any other police officers in the state. The area where this tragedy occurred is near the 6400 trax stop. We don't have any information as to why the traffic stop was made. Perhaps the car could have went around a lowered crossing barricade. This traffic stop may be the clue to solving a homicide and you criticize UTA officers. I have had comments denied due to being disruptive or off topic. The militarization of police is certainly off topic. I try to be civil. I hope this is posted.

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