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Municipal law enforcement workshop

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WALSENBURG — A Walsenburg City Council law enforcement workshop has been scheduled for 6 pm Tuesday, June 28 at the Walsenburg City Complex.

City administrator Leslie Klusmire said, “Several city council members are interested in exploring the option of dissolving the city’s police department and contracting with the elected sheriff’s office for law enforcement.”

Colorado Municipal League’s Law Enforcement Legislative Liaison Meghan Dollar will talk about what municipalities need to consider when planning for future law enforcement needs.

The city council will hear information and discuss questions like: what are the benefits, shortcomings and possible unintended consequences of using an elected county sheriff’s office for city law enforcement; what will happen to code enforcement; will Walsenburg citations still be written into municipal courtj10 ; will the City of Walsenburg still be able to directly serve its citizens and set its own policies for law enforcement; will it change how the public is served now and in what ways; what are the financial costs; how might this affect the city in the long term financially, and policy wise as we grow and change into a larger community, and how does this work when the sheriff’s office has a large area to serve and other communities to police?

This workshop is for information and discussion only, Klusmire said, no decision will be made

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