Herriman city keeps former precinct chief to lead new department after split with Unified

Herriman city keeps former precinct chief to lead new department after split with Unified (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) – Herriman City officials announced Monday that Chief Troy Carr will lead the newly formed Herriman City Police Department.

Carr resigned from his position as the Unified Police precinct chief Monday to accept the new job. Carr has spent four years leading the approximately 30 Unified Police officers who serve Herriman.

Monday’s announcement comes amid the break-up of the 20-year relationship between Herriman City and the county police. http://kutv.com/news/local/herriman-city-considers-split-with-upd-to-form-its-own-police-force

Herriman officials announced the city’s departure from Unified Police earlier this month, citing concerns that the city wasn’t getting what they paid for from the agreement for police services. http://kutv.com/news/local/herriman-city-may-pull-out-of-unified-police-department

As precinct chief, Carr was the liaison between Herriman City and the Unified Police Administration.

‘[City officials] made it abundantly clear that it was never an issue at the local precinct level or the officers,” Carr told 2News Monday.

City leaders affirm Carr’s performance as police chief was not an issue, despite their long list of grievances with Unified Police.

“City council members noted that those decision, budgetary, were on the higher levels of administration,” city spokesperson Jon LaFollete said. “As far as Chief Carr is concerned, day to day operations, dealing with citizens, dealing with officers, he’s been exceptional.”

Reached by phone Monday night, Sheriff Rosie Rivera said she wished Carr well in his new position and looked forward to helping Herriman transition to its own department.

Rivera did not want to comment on Carr’s performance as precinct chief in adequately relaying the city’s concerns to Unified Police administration.

Candidate for Sheriff Justin Hoyal told 2News by phone Monday that he believes stronger communication is needed between the municipalities served by Unified Police and the administration. Hoyal likewise said he has a good relationship with Carr and thought he would do well as Herriman’s police chief.

Carr brings a decorated 27-year career in law enforcement to his new job as chief of police. He served in several areas of the Unified Police and Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

He will have his work cut out for him in building a new department from the ground up, though. The city is looking at how it will handle equipment, records, evidence, forensics, dispatch, and other services necessary to run a police department.

Carr hopes to hire many of the Unified officers who are currently assigned to the Herriman precinct.

“We hope to put together the best product we can in the shortest time possible,” Carr said.

Carr said it could be late Fall before the department is ready to take over police duties from Unified Police in Herriman.

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