RIVERTON, Utah (News4Utah) – Riverton is planning to follow neighboring Herriman and leave the Unified Police Department.
On Tuesday night, people gathered in Riverton to question city officials about the move.
Last month, Riverton City Council voted to form its own police force by giving a 12-month notice to Unified Police.
Many on Tuesday night questioned that decision.
“This is about what’s best for our city,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs to the crowd.
He says doing right by taxpayers is a huge reason the city is looking to break away from the Unified Police Department.
Neighboring Herriman will leave UPD on September 29.
Riverton has concluded its own financial analysis, Staggs says, of what leaving UPD would look like.
“We could go from 28 to 38 officers in our own precinct. And have four civilians,” said Staggs.
Even Sheriff Rosie Rivera, a Riverton resident herself, asking city officials on Tuesday night to give the process time.
“We are willing to sit down at the table with you and work something out. If not, I just ask that you sit back, give it some time, watch Herriman and see how they work out,” said Rivera.