(Draper-AP) -- City leaders in Draper have decided to create their own police force to protect the growing Salt Lake County suburb.
The city had been contracting with the county sheriff for patrols and police service. But the sheriff is planning to raise fees this year -- and Draper decided they'd be better off doing it on their own.
The decision was approved by a three-to-two vote of the city council.
Today, city workers will begin shopping for 18 police cars, designing badges, and drawing up a "help-wanted" ad for the new position of Draper police chief. They expect to have uniformed officers on the street in four to six months.
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