Salt Lake Police Leader Launches Draper's New Force

Salt Lake Police Leader Launches Draper's New Force

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(Draper-AP) -- A long-time Salt Lake City police department leader has a new job -- building Draper's new police department from scratch.

Mac Connole -- currently assistant chief in Salt Lake -- will retire from that force and start hiring 23 new officers to patrol the streets of Draper, a quickly growing suburb in the south end of the valley.

The new force will hit the streets July first. Connole says he knows it will be a lot of work. Some of the city's 26-thousand residents are even circulating a petition against the new police department. Those folks prefer the old way -- with Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies handling the city's police work.

Connole says he knows he'll have to reassure everyone that his new department is up to the task. He beat out 55 other applicants for the job.

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

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