The Sandy Police Department is creating a city consultant position to overhaul the department's policies and procedures.

Clyde M. Palmer, director of the Utah State Division of Peace Officer Standards and Training for the past five years, will retire from state service this week and is expected to take the new position under contract with Sandy Monday, said Sandy police Capt. Gary Lancaster."He'll work on issues such as policies, employee development, recruitment selection and evaluation systems," Lancaster said.

Palmer, 48, will also work to bring the department's operations in lines with criteria set by a national accreditation organization. Accreditation helps departments achieve lower liability insurance rates or risk-pool costs, Lancaster said.

Palmer is expected to work on accreditation issues after reviewing all of the department's policies and procedure manuals.

Police Chief Gary Leonard has planned the department policy overhaul since taking over the department in April, Lancaster said.

The state's top law enforcement training officer, Palmer has 16 years of service at the police academy and has spent 21 years working as a Utah law enforcement officer.