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Riverton Considering Splitting Police From Tri-City Cooperation

Riverton Considering Splitting Police From Tri-City Cooperation



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RIVERTON, Utah (AP) -- The booming south valley cities of Riverton, Herriman and Bluffdale have a history of cooperation.

They have joined forces to widen roadways and teamed up to build a recreation center. The three also share services provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's office, but that could be changing.

Riverton is considering establishing its own police precinct. That would mean its deputies would stay in Riverton's boundaries and not share forces with the other cities.

That would mean fewer officers patrolling Bluffdale and Herriman.

It would also mean less money for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's office patrolling those areas. The Sheriff's office has lost a few other cities from its contract program in recent years.

Draper and Taylorsville started their own departments a few years ago, and Cottonwood Heights is studying a similar move.

If both Cottonwood Heights and Riverton formed their own departments there would only be three cities left contracting with the county.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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