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Riverton Looking to Part Ways With Unified Police Dept.

Jul 19, 2018, 6:26 AM | Updated: Jul 20, 2018, 10:46 am

RIVERTON, Utah – Riverton City Council members unanimously approved an intent to withdraw from United Police Department in an emergency meeting after learning the Unified Police Department board was planning to discuss protocol for cities that might end their agreement.

While it did not mean the city will definitely part ways with UPD, the city council has given 12 months’ notice of their intent to do so.

The emergency meeting was called Thursday morning. The UPD board was planning on discussing a withdrawal formula at their own meeting that morning.

Simply, this withdrawal formula would essentially be a consequence for a city in the UPD district that did not give the board ample time to prepare for a future exit, like Herriman did.

Riverton city officials weren’t fans of the proposed formula, which they argued was given to them last minute. Plus, the city’s mayor said there have been systematic issues with the police department.

Just about an hour before the UPD board meeting began, Riverton City Council members approved the intent to withdraw from UPD. Then, UPD’s board didn’t approve the withdrawal formula.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera hoped to come to an agreement with Riverton, the city where she resides.

The UPD board was still dealing with Herriman’s definite departure at the end of September. Sheriff Rivera maintained people living in Herriman will be well protected during the transition.

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