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High-court ruling sought on Draper police issue

DRAPER — A group opposed to the city's decision to create its own police force has asked the Utah Supreme Court to rule on the legality of the city's rejection of its initiative petition, which sought a public vote on the matter.

"If the Supreme Court says we're wrong in this, fine, I'll support the guys," co-organizer Barry Skinner said of Draper's police officers, who have been on the job since July 1.

Skinner and his four co-sponsors — Angela Anderson, Bruce Ballard, Lisa Brown and Judith Schlmeier — gathered 1,200 signatures. They requested that the city hold a vote on whether to keep the police force or once again contract for law enforcement services with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Skinner said the group is concerned the Draper Police Department will be expensive to operate and will not offer the same depth of services as the sheriff's department. City officials say the force will be less expensive and will provide better service to the community.

The group's legal counsel asked the high court to consider the matter as soon as possible so that the question still could be placed on the November ballot.