It seems Riverton has an identity problem. No sooner does Herriman remove
itself from the county PD, then Riverton makes the same request. "Herriman
is not better than us." To me, it seems a large case of keeping up with the
Jones. I read one comment that said all that Unified does it give out speeding
tickets. What do you think this "new" Riverton police force will be
doing? It is called Revenue!!
Sorry to say it but UPD is a joke, Prior to moving to Park City I lived in the
Rose Crest area of Herriman during the peak of the recession Not a high crime
neighborhood but things like car burglars, domestic disputes among neighbors,
& vandalism. UPD would respond and literally do nothing I had
things stolem out of my vehicle & garage and the attitude I got from UPD was
fill out this form and see ya.
Cost is irrelevant because the city can set its own standards and training
levels as a city, not a country at war with war like training and enforcement
without accountability. Reducing the police department to one of peace officers
is cheaper and police don't need all the war gear and guns and terrorist
expectations. Police officer do not serve and protect, citizens to the serve and
protect and are the first responders in every crime. Having seen the
warring police and state (federal) prosecutors in action I am repulsed at the
outrageous behavior of superiority displayed by the UPD and city prosecutors
acting like they are not accountable to the citizens and that citizens are
accountable to the police or the prosecutors.Good for them, more
cities including Taylorsville need to drop from the UPD and I'd prefer a
volunteer police department without any illegal state mandated controls or
regulations to obey government demands.
The question is how much is it going to cost taxpayers of Herriman and Riverton
to do their own thing vs. being with Unified Police Authority?
Those of us in Riverton who voted for Trent Staggs did so because we knew he was
intelligent and cared about our interests. I don't have any reason to doubt
that he knows what he is talking about when it comes to UPD.Not too
long ago, he negotiated with UPD to create an enforcement district just for
Riverton. This was done in order to ensure that Riverton tax dollars that went
to policing could stay solely in Riverton. As it turns out, it costs less for
our city to pay only for our own policing.I'm glad our mayor
pays close attention to what's going on with UPD, and is willing to cut
ties as soon as things start to become unfavorable to our city.
The cities which paid the County Sheriff office for policing were unhappy with
their level of control and costs. So they rebranded the Sheriff's policing
services and gave the cities a seat at the table and the cities are now unhappy
with their level of control and costs. Sounds like they haven't addressed
the real problems with leadership and management.
As a resident of Riverton I applaud the City's decision to leave UPD. The
UPD's focus seems to be handing out traffic tickets, while homes, garages,
and cars in our neighborhoods are increasingly being plundered by burglers.
Taxes we pay for UPD services are ridiculously high, while our neighborhoods get
little protection from these thieves in return. UPD should less time being
traffic cops and spend more time patrolling our neighborhoods in the dead of
Problem with accountants, they always come up with new interesting ways to save
money but somehow it almost always ends up costing more in the end.I
understand the on paper frustration with not getting the officers you've
paid for, but fact of the matter is there's currently a shortage, a whole
lot of factors are involved in why, but if Unified doesn't have the
recruits it doesn't have the recruits, though I do think it would serve
them well to cut back the requested funds if you don't have the officers
they are allocated.My concern is they're looking mostly at
officers, the purpose of Unified was to share resources, not just officers but
other essential functions such as records (good record software is ridiculously
expensive), legal, evidence, HR, fleet management and more. Maybe they can fund
all that or contract out, but I don't think it will end up being any less
expensive in the long run, and worse what happens if forecasted economic growth
doesn't happen, or worse if it experiences a downturn? Just consider
actions further than what a couple accountants whisper in your ears.
A basic tenet of this great experiment called the USA is self determination,I don't know the details of the concerns here, but it is easy to
guess why residents of Herriman or Riverton don't care to have Murray,
Sandy, Draper, or SLC (who all get to help elect the SLCo Sheriff) having input
into its police services.Inter-local assistance agreements are good.
It probably makes sense to share SWAT, forensics, and other specialties. But I
can fully understand why residents of one city don't care to have other
cities dictating their policies.SLCo as a whole elected a Democrat
as sheriff. But Herriman and Riverton are overwhelmingly GOP.Self
determination. It matters.
We don't have too much government, we have too many governments. There are probably legitimate reasons for different police requirements in
some locations, I just can't think of any at the moment. I am
an American and I expect to be protected from enemies both foreign and domestic,
in the same way and degree as other Americans, no matter where am in the world.
Chances are that we do not live totally on the goods and services
of our own community. Our food, clothing and most everything comes from outside
our community. Because of that, outside businessmen have the power of money
over our governmental needs. The notion of local control is a myth.
Here comes another tax increase.
Someone else who wants to create his own little fiefdom.