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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hayden Police Department

In the Wednesday, January 16, 2008, Coeur d'Alene Press staff writer Marc Stewart is reporting the city of Hayden, Idaho, is considering starting its own police department. It currently contracts with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department for some law enforcement services. The article is headlined Hayden may create police force.

A city's decision to start its own police force should involve the city's citizens. It is as much a social decision as it is a political one.

On September 7, 2006, Whitecaps posted a brief article titled Starting a New Police Department? The article has links to several very readable guides published by the US Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). While the guides were intended to be read mainly by public officials considering starting a police department, they are also suitable for informing citizens about both sides of that decision. The guides will help Hayden citizens better understand the negatives as well as the positives about having your own police department.


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