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5 CITIES EXPLORE FEASIBILITY OF COMBINED POLICE FORCE

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Clearfield, Clinton, Sunset, Syracuse and West Point have established a citizens' committee to study the feasibility of forming a metro police force.

Announcement of the committee and study was made Tuesday at all City Council meetings, and Clearfield Mayor Neldon Hamblin was named committee spokesman, while Boyd Thurgood of Syracuse is the committee chairman.Other members of the committee are Dale Quinlan of Clearfield, Gary Sessions from Clinton, Darlene Read of Sunset, John Gardiner from Syracuse and Tamara Lowe of West Point.

The committee will study the feasibility of combining the police service of the five cities and will look into the political, economic, legal and protective aspects of a metro police force.

A review committee composed of the mayors and city managers from the five cities will oversee the progress of the study, solicit public input and review the final report, expected to be completed by the end of March 1993.

All of the cities except West Point have their own police force. West Point contracts for police protection with the Davis County Sheriff's Department. Clearfield has the largest force with 21 police officers.

Syracuse is temporarily contracting with Clearfield and using 19 officers on a part-time basis while it rebuilds its police force and hires a new chief. Former Police Chief Bruce Johnson resigned earlier this month as did other officers, leaving the city with only one regular officer.

Clearfield, Sunset and Clinton have a cooperative fire department response agreement. The three fire departments automatically respond to structure fires in all three cities. West Point lacks a fire department, but because it contracts with Clearfield for protection, it is also indirectly involved in the mutual response plan and receives the same benefits.

The combined population of the cities is approximately 45,000, or roughly the size of Layton.