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Taylorsville City Council votes to leave Unified police, form new agency

By Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Posted - Jul. 1, 2020 at 9:25 p.m.



TAYLORSVILLE — Taylorsville city officials on Wednesday voted to officially separate from the Unified Police Department and form its own police agency.

The city council voted to pass the resolution about a week and a half after first announcing the city’s plans to leave Unified police.

The announcement initially came on June 22 and Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson said the decision was not made lightly.

The transition is expected to save the city money, however, cost is not the only factor in the choice.

“The move comes at a time when models surrounding policing and best practices are at the forefront of collective thinking,” city officials wrote in the original news release.

The change will go into effect July 2021, officials said.

Taylorsville has been with UPD since 2012 one 60 police officers and three civilian staff members serve in the precinct.

Midvale also recently announced it will consider leaving UPD to form its own city police agency as well — however, the city council ultimately decided to stay after much indecision.

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