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Two issues related to police response


October 31, 2019

There are two issues on the table. They are different but they are also related.

There is a police power issue. That means who comes when you call 911.

There is a Police Service issue. That is what they come for and how you pay for it.

Currently, per Charter, the police only have jurisdiction within the townsite service area. It is illegal for them to respond for any calls outside the townsite service area, as suggested by our attorney and voted on by the assembly.

The police still respond. They are doing so with the current funding mechanism that is in place which is a mix of sales tax and property tax.

The charter change I would like put to a vote would only allow what is currently being done under the current funding mechanism to be done so legally, emergency service only.

If you would like more or less service and are outside of the townsite service area you may form a police service area, start a board, and control your police through small government. Currently the assembly is the townsite service area board but that could be changed if the people want.

Please feel free to call me or message me with any questions.

Sean Maidy


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