WASHINGTON, Utah (AP) -- Officials are preparing for a new police force to patrol the growing city of Washington.
The population is growing at the rate of 20 percent and more businesses are moving into town, prompting the council to allocate one-point-four (M)million dollars for the new force.
City Manager Roger Carter said the time has come.
About 400-thousand dollars will go toward the start-up costs for the new department, including purchasing eight new vehicles and equipping them with computers and scanners.
The department will consist of 14 officers and two administration staff members, that's eight more officers than are currently covering the city.
The city's contract with the Washington County Sheriff's Department ends July first and will be under a temporary contract until December 31 while the new department is being created.
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