A look into the third layer of government called special districts:
Salt Lake County has transferred all patrol and investigation services of the Sheriff’s office to a district, giving up his control and autonomy over these men. And they are no longer lawful Sheriff’s Deputies, and instead have been transferred to become municipal district police of the county.
The Sheriff’s Department was officially dissolved on January 1, 2010.
The Sheriff was appointed Chief Executive Officer of this district, while still being the elected Sheriff, wearing two contradicting hats.
This is happening everywhere… this is the Federalization of Police and Fire.
On June 7th, 2011, the Salt Lake County Council held the first of several “Police Funding” public meetings regarding the “Police Protection Fee” for the purpose of funding the newly formed police district called the “Unified Police Department”.
Instead of an official forum, we found a sales pitch costing many $10’s of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money, with the purpose of selling a property tax increase to pay for the new district, despite continuing to pay the same taxes we always have.
I was so upset that I checked out the library conference room next door and invited the disappointed people to come listen to what is really going on…
And many people came…
–Clint Richardson (realitybloger.wordpress.com)
Tuesday, June 28, 2011