Riverton announces its intent to leave Unified Police Department

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  • Spiff Salt Lake City, UT
    July 20, 2018 8:10 a.m.

    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!!

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    July 20, 2018 7:41 a.m.

    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.

  • Misseleer71 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 20, 2018 3:43 a.m.

    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.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2018 8:49 p.m.

    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?

  • J2 Riverton, UT
    July 19, 2018 8:12 p.m.

    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.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    July 19, 2018 8:04 p.m.

    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.

  • BigLib Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2018 5:31 p.m.

    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 night.

  • MGoodwin Murray/USA, UT
    July 19, 2018 4:31 p.m.

    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.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    July 19, 2018 3:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 19, 2018 2:08 p.m.

    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.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 19, 2018 1:52 p.m.

    Here comes another tax increase.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 19, 2018 1:00 p.m.

    Someone else who wants to create his own little fiefdom.