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FBI: Draper, North Salt Lake police ranks saw most growth

Published November 8, 2012 12:33 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

All but two of Salt Lake County's city police forces grew between 2006 and 2011, while one city joined the Unified Police Department.

Figures in the FBI's Uniform Crime report show that Draper, South Jordan and Taylorsville saw the largest growth, in terms of percentage, over that time period. Draper's force grew by 16.1 percent — or five officers — while South Jordan's ranks increased 13.6 percent and Taylorsville went up 10.9 percent, each adding six officers.

The only two Salt Lake County departments that saw a reduction in force were Sandy, where the ranks went from 114 in 2006 to 107 in 2011, for a 6.1 percent drop. South Salt Lake went from 62 to 59 officers, for a 4.8 percent drop in police officers.

Midvale's police force went from 44 in 2006 to none in 2011, as it went with the Unified Police Department.

Cottonwood Heights went from having no police force to 37 officers in 2011.

The county's largest city police force, the Salt Lake City Police Department, grew 3.2 percent, with 13 officers joining the force.

In Davis County, North Salt Lake had the largest growth in police officers, 28.6 percent — or four officers. Woods Cross' force increased 18.2 percent with two officers joining the force.

None of Davis County's city police forces experienced a drop in numbers during that time period.

The data were compiled by UtahsRight.com for a weekly series in The Salt Lake Tribune's Close-Up section highlighting information gleaned from public databases. The purpose is not to provide analysis of the data, but to provide raw numbers so the public an analyze the data themselves for their own purposes.

UtahsRight.com, the data website for The Salt Lake Tribune, conducts an ongoing statewide quest for district court information and other public information, including salaries of public employees and restaurant inspections, using public records requests made under the state's Government Records Access and Management Act, commonly known as GRAMA.

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