Next Wednesday evening, May 9th at 7p.m., North Logan Mayor John Bailey, along with the city council, will be seeking input from residents on whether they want to continue paying for the North Park Police Department or instead contract with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. The meeting will be held at Greenville Elementary, 2450 North 400 East, North Logan.
During KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, council member Damon Cann said every city council tries to determine if they’re doing their best with taxpayer dollars. Taking care that the actions of the city are consistent with their citizens.
“I wouldn’t say that there was necessarily any one particular event or an issue or problem, or any of those kinds of things. But as we’re going through, preparing for our budget where cities run on the state fiscal year starting July 1st, as we’ve been reviewing some of these things, looking at some of the costs of the police department, some people started to ask are there some ways that would be more cost effective to provide comparable level of service,” said Cann.
In an earlier story on CacheValleyDaily.com, in addition to considering a contract with the sheriff’s office, city officials have also considered combining with Smithfield law enforcement. They claim either option could save between $200,000 and $300,000 a year, allowing them to share officers and support staff.
North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes disputed that the city would save that much money. He claims the advantages for residents are greater in having their own police force, shared between North Logan and Hyde Park. The North Park Police Department dates back to 1979. That’s when North Logan and Hyde Park administrators decided to join together in providing law enforcement services.