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State Supreme Court Won't Disband Draper Police

State Supreme Court Won't Disband Draper Police

Posted - Oct. 8, 2003 at 2:19 p.m.



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Utah Supreme Court isn't going to disband Draper's new police department.

A group of citizens didn't like the City Council's decision to create a new police force for the growing suburb. Those critics preferred the old way -- when the city contracted with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's office for its police protection.

So they wanted to put an initiative on the ballot that would let the voters decide directly whether to keep the police department.

But the Utah Supreme Court -- in a ruling released today -- found a problem with the initiative.

If approved, it would have required the city to get rid of the police department and go back to contracting with the county. The court says that provision wrongly takes away administrative authority from city officials.

The court says the Draper city recorder, who handles voter initiatives, did the right thing in rejecting this one.

Draper's new police officers hit the street back in July.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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