Could another city leave Unified Police Department?

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RIVERTON, Utah (News4Utah) – After Herriman City made the decision to end their contract with Unified Police Department, leaders in Riverton City have decided to conduct their own cost analysis to ensure their residents are getting the most services for their money. 

Riverton’s mayor tells News4Utah that, since Riverton and Herriman share a border, many residents in Riverton are expressing concerns.

“Wondering if that action is going to have an impact on on the service levels that they receive from Unified Police Department,” said Mayor Trent Staggs with Riverton City.

“With Herriman’s withdrawal, given the fact that we share a border, we also share sergeants — and there’s a lot of crossover amongst some of the patrolling that occurs,” added Staggs.

A statement from Riverton City reads, in part:

“Riverton City officials have not signaled any intent on leaving UPD. Officials do recognize however the need for financial accountability to the taxpayer, particularly in the context of Herriman’s notice to leave UPD. Therefore, The RLESA governing board has directed city staff to conduct a thorough analysis of cost and service for what the city currently receives with UPD versus what the city could offer on its own. It has been over a decade since a similar analysis was conducted. Once an analysis is provided, the city plans to share the results with the public and seek input.”

To read the statement from Riverton City, click here

On Monday, Herriman City announced they had hired their first police chief; however, the city will still be policed by UPD until the Herriman City Police Department is fully formed. A spokesperson for the city says that could take months.

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