Department News

  • Avoid Phone, Email, Text Fraud
    04/04/2018
    We are inundated with phone calls, texts and emails from people out to get us. Caller ID shows a local 801 number or a name that looks legitimate, but is really the result of "spoofing," or fooling our caller ID into showing fake names or numbers.
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  • Slaying the "Monsters" of Police Work
    04/04/2018
    Cops are a unique breed. People often ask me what made me want to be a police officer; the answer is “it chose me.” Being a police officer truly is a “calling” and not just a job. Then it turns from a job into a lifestyle. A good honorable job, but it has pitfalls.
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  • Use Caution with Door-to-door Solicitors
    03/05/2018
    Are any of you old enough to remember the good old days when the Fuller Brush man would come knocking to give you free samples of brushes, soaps, lotions and such? Salesmen at our door is the way we shopped.
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  • Youngest Officer Follows Tradition at CHPD
    01/30/2018
    This past April, at the age of 21, Brady Askerlund graduated from the Utah Police Officer Standards and Training Academy to become the youngest police officer serving in Utah
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  • Citizens Academy Reminder
    01/30/2018
    CHPD is offering the Cottonwood Heights Police Civilian Academy, a 10-session program held on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., during February and March.
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  • CHPD Officers Go the Extra Mile to Help
    01/03/2018
    When CHPD Officers Joey Incardine and Kevin Salmon responded to a trespassing call in early December, they found a homeless woman who had spent several hours inside a local diner.
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  • CHPD Welcomes Officer Fullwood
    12/05/2017
    On November 14, Officer Mike Fullwood was introduced and sworn in as the newest member of CHPD.
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  • The Homeless Population and Risks of Hepatitis A
    12/04/2017
    While the Rio Grande Project has been successful in clearing one of Salt Lake City's worst homeless areas, members of that population have found their way to other cities including Cottonwood Heights.
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  • Preventing Package Theft
    12/04/2017
    Whether from FedEx, UPS or the Postal Service, packages left at front doors are easy targets and it takes just a moment for a package to get snatched off a porch.
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  • Holiday Shopping Crime Prevention Tips
    11/01/2017
    As “Black Friday” approaches, many folks take to the stores to buy gifts for loved ones to celebrate the holiday season. With all those goods leaving stores, it creates a fertile environment for thieves who would rather take than give, and Cottonwood Heights police would like to remind you of some common-sense tips to keep the sticky-fingered “Grinches” from ruining your holiday.
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  • Fallen Police Dogs Remembered in CH
    11/01/2017
    Two police dogs were added to a memorial for fallen K-9 officers in the Memorial Mountain View Cemetery in Cottonwood Heights on Sept. 21.
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  • Officers and Staff Honored at Annual CHPD Awards Banquet
    10/02/2017
    The Cottonwood Heights Police Department held its annual banquet and awards event at Market Street Grill on Sept. 5.
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  • CHPD Welcomes New Support Staff; Promotes Ricks to Master Sergeant
    10/02/2017
    The Cottonwood Heights Police Department promoted Sgt. Scott Ricks to the rank of master sergeant during City Council meeting on Aug. 22. Bailey Goodart and Bailey Snyder were also introduced as police support specialists during a work session that same evening.
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  • Back to School, Back to Safety
    09/11/2017
    This article is an effort to increase awareness of possible safety issues that are associated with our kids returning to school. Most of the information provided comes from Safe Kids USA.
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  • A Fond Farewell
    09/11/2017
    Lt. Mark Askerlund said his final goodbyes to the city during a retirement party on August 3 at City Hall.
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  • New CHPD Officers Sworn in
    09/11/2017
    The Cottonwood Heights Police Department welcomed five new officers to the force and promoted another during a ceremony on Aug. 8.
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  • Gift Baskets that Keep on Giving – To Thieves
    08/02/2017
    This scam is actually very clever. There is never a shortage of creative thinking when it comes to frauds designed to get your money. This was sent to me by a friend: Beware of people bearing gifts.
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  • Saying ‘Goodbye’
    08/02/2017
    Two Cottonwood Heights police officers are hanging up their badges. Officer Sam Dawson, who has served on the CHPD force since 2009 retired from police service in mid-July.
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  • City Bans Aerial Fireworks 
    08/02/2017
    While most residents celebrated responsibly on July 4, some did not. One fire caused by fireworks in a residential area near Mountain View Cemetery quickly spread through a vacant field and nearly destroyed one home across the street from Bywater Park, while damaging other property adjacent to the field.
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  • Thank You Neighborhood Watch Volunteers!
    08/01/2017
    Cottonwood Heights Police hosted a barbecue in honor of our city’s dedicated neighborhood watch volunteers on July 13.
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  • Don't Leave Children Unattended in Vehicles
    07/05/2017
    Unified Fire Authority posted a safety message on Facebook recently that reminds us not to leave children unattended in vehicles due to the risk of heatstroke death.
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  • The Power of Neighborhood Watch
    07/05/2017
    Neighbors helping neighbors: It's a simple adage and one that holds immeasurable power when it comes to keeping communities safe.
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  • New Officer
    07/05/2017
    Cottonwood Heights Police is proud to welcome Brayden Phelps as one of its newest officers.
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  • Summer Safety Reminder
    06/01/2017
    All summer long, people are outdoors working on projects like lawn care, hosting barbecues or relaxing by a pool. It can be easy to forget to close a door or window, but if they are left open it creates an easy opportunity for a burglar.
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  • 2017 Citizens Police Academy a Great Success
    06/01/2017
    Twenty-five devoted residents got a first-hand look at law enforcement during a Citizens Academy, held by the Cottonwood Heights Police Department.
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  • WANTED: Vehicle Burglary Suspects 5-8-17
    05/08/2017
    This young man was caught on video kid burgling a vehicle early Sunday morning (about 6-6:15 a.m.) near 7500 South and 2400 East.
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  • Nar-Can Bill Signed into Law
    05/01/2017
    Cottonwood Heights Police Chief Robby Russo was on hand for a ceremonial bill signing in early April that changed Utah code regarding dispensing Naxalone (Nar-Can) to people suffering from opiod/opiate overdose.
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  • Gas Station Theft Prevention
    05/01/2017
    Gas stations have a unique setting that allows thieves to catch their victims by surprise.
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  • Tow Company Applications Accepted
    04/10/2017
    The Cottonwood Heights Police Department is accepting applications from businesses to be included in a rotation list for towing services.
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  • March Without The Madness
    04/03/2017
    Despite taking all the right precautions, some bad guys will still take your things. That is why it is important to keep records, making it easier to get lost items back.
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  • Sexting: A Different World
    04/03/2017
    Times have changed with the internet and the powerful convenience of smartphones. The police department has seen a disturbing increase in crimes with serious risks associated with teen sexting in the city, including bullying and exposure to adult sexual predators that we’ve never seen before.
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  • Officer Mann Honored by NAACP
    02/07/2017
    CHPD Officer Mathew Mann was honored by the Utah Chapter of the NAACP with a “First Responder” award during a ceremony on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January.
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  • How has JRI Affected Crime in CH?
    02/07/2017
    In 2014, the Utah Legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), which promised to reduce prison and jail overcrowding for those affected by substance abuse and mental illness. The approach was to use evidence-based data to target individuals who shouldn’t be locked up for being mentally ill or drug addicts and funnel them into treatment programs.
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  • Make February Security Camera Month
    02/07/2017
    February is cause for much celebration. There’s Groundhog Day, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and Superbowl Sunday. Since there never has been a problem adding new recognition days in February, I’d like to propose a new one. I call it “I Finally Got Those Security Cameras Installed Day.”
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  • Thank You, Officer Galieti!
    02/07/2017
    He’s a familiar face to thousands of kids in Cottonwood Heights, and Officer Michael Galieti has been a part of the Cottonwood Heights Police Department since its inception. Galieti held his final D.A.R.E. graduation ceremonies in early January, just prior to his retirement from the CHPD. He will be missed.
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  • CHPD To Host Citizens Academy
    01/19/2017
    In an effort to educate and connect with the great people of our city, the Cottonwood Heights Police Department offers a special training course called the “Citizens Police Academy.” The program’s intent is to allow citizens to gain a better understanding of how and why police officers do their jobs.
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  • CH Radio Club Takes First Place
    01/03/2017
    The Cottonwood Heights Amateur Radio Club (CHARC) placed first in the nation in the ‘Single Transmitter/Emergency Operations Center’ Category during the 2016 American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day held in June.
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  • Lock It Up
    01/03/2017
    Locks are a significant part of protecting your home, your loved ones and possessions. There was a time when most felt safe leaving their doors unlocked. Times have changed, and so has the need to use locks for protection and to seek better locking technology for homes and businesses.
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  • Watch Out For Holiday Grinches
    12/01/2016
    While most of us are recognizing and celebrating our traditions, there is that one group that takes advantage when we are at our most unguarded.
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  • Look Out For Fakes
    12/01/2016
    Unfortunately, our city is no stranger to fraud. I’ve written about scams, gift cards, check fraud and credit cards in the past, but there is also a huge counterfeit market for women’s bags and men’s Rolex watches.
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  • Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner
    11/03/2016
    On Sept. 30, 2016 Cottonwood Heights Neighborhood Watch came together and put on a terrific dinner for law enforcement and their families at Mountview Park.
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  • Leading The Way In The War Against Painkiller Abuse
    10/05/2016
    In 2014, 32 percent of Utah adults aged 18 years and older had been prescribed an opioid pain medication in the previous 12 months. Prescription opioids can be addictive and very dangerous.
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  • CH Goes To The Dogs With “Bark in the Park”
    10/05/2016
    It was a fun day for dogs of all kinds at Mountview Park on Sept. 17.
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  • Community Shows Support For CHPD
    08/31/2016
    Several people have recently approached CHPD officers and showed support for their efforts in the wake of numerous police shootings around the country.
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  • Neighborhood Safety Tips for Parents
    08/31/2016
    No neighborhood is completely immune to crime or accidents, but there are steps you can take to help keep your family and neighborhood safe.
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  • WANTED: Burglary/Credit Card Fraud Suspects 8-17-16
    08/18/2016
    Police need your help identifying and locating suspects in a burglary and credit card fraud case.
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  • Burglary Prevention: What You Can Do
    08/02/2016
    If you have ever been locked out of your home, were you able to get in anyway? If you could break into your own home, it’s just as easy for someone else to break in, too.
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  • New Officers/Bartlett Promoted
    08/02/2016
    On July 12, CHPD welcomed two new officers and announced the promotion of Dan Bartlett to lieutenant.
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  • New Police Support Specialist
    06/30/2016
    Julie Sutch joins the CH Police Department as our newest support specialist.
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  • Thanks, Sheila!
    06/30/2016
    Police Support Supervisor Sheila Jennings retired from duty in May. Sheila served for the past seven years, administering to all the needs of our police department.
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  • CH Welcomes New Employees
    05/31/2016
    Cottonwood Heights welcomes three new employees, including two new police officers.
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  • Did You Know That All 911 Calls Are Not Alike?
    05/31/2016
    Most of us know that 911 is the emergency number to call to help save a life, stop a crime or report a fire. But did you know that there are different ways to call, and each method provides the emergency operator with slightly different information?
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  • What You Should Know About Trapping Animals
    05/31/2016
    It is that time of the year when we all start to live outside again. We get reacquainted with yards, neighbors and our community. We start to see animals we don’t recognize or find evidence that those same animals have been around doing what animals do.
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  • CHPD Officers First To Get Nar-Can Training
    05/31/2016
    Cottonwood Heights Police Department was the first Utah law enforcement agency to receive Naloxone (Nar-Can), a life-saving chemical that counteracts the effects of heroin and other opioid overdoses.
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  • WANTED: Burglary/Credit Card Fraud Suspect
    05/12/2016
    CHPD needs your help identifying a woman who passed a stolen credit card at “The Store” in Holladay and a Smith’s in Murray recently. The card was taken from a home in Cottonwood Heights.
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  • WANTED: Theft/Credit Card Fraud Suspect
    05/12/2016
    We need your help to catch a thief.
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  • Police Seek Runaway Teen Out Of Cottonwood Heights
    05/12/2016
    Chelsea Larsen is a Runaway out of Cottonwood Heights. She has been missing since May 11, 2016.
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  • WANTED: Home Burglary/Credit Card Fraud Suspects
    04/26/2016
    These two men used a stolen credit card to buy debit cards at the Smith's on 4100 S. Redwood Road on April 15, 2016.
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  • WANTED: Vehicle Burglars/Credit Card Thieves
    04/22/2016
    On April 6, a vehicle was burglarized near 6600 S. 2700 East.
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  • 9-1-1 Offers Texting Option If You Can't Talk
    04/01/2016
    The Cottonwood Heights Police Department is dispatched out of Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC). This is where the non-emergency and 9-1-1 calls for service are routed. Text-to-911 service makes it possible for those in need of emergency assistance to send a text message to 9-1-1.
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  • Meet the CHPD Officers…
    04/01/2016
    Detective Michael Galieti always has his fingers on the pulse of what’s going on in our community.
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  • CHPD Welcomes New Officer, Victim Advocate
    03/03/2016
    Cottonwood Heights welcomed Officer Terence Wagner and Victim Advocate Nicole Huntsman to the CHPD family in January.
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  • Six Ways To Crime-proof Yourself
    03/03/2016
    Cottonwood Heights citizens and our police are two parts of one team, but with different roles. Our citizen role is to “see something, say something,” to be vigilant, call 911 and report, but not intervene. Intervention and apprehension are the jobs of the police members of our team.
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  • CHPD Officers save Woman From House Fire
    03/03/2016
    On Jan. 27, Ordinance Enforcement Officer John Lovato and police officer Polly Harris were making their usual rounds in the city when a call went out on the radio for a house fire. Since both officers were nearby, they arrived on scene at about the same time a crew from Unified Fire Authority got there.
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  • Police K-9s: Saying 'Goodbye' to an Old Friend
    02/03/2016
    The Cottonwood Heights Police Department has three canines assigned to handlers.
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  • CHPD Hosts Citizens Academy
    02/02/2016
    In an effort to educate and connect with the great people of our city, the Cottonwood Heights Police Department offers a special training course called the Citizens Police Academy.
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  • Bike Auction Announced
    01/20/2016
    These bikes will be up for auction shortly.
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  • CHPD Recovers Stolen Items
    12/08/2015
    Following the arrest of two people on suspicion of several recent burglaries in and around Cottonwood Heights, police need your help to identify some the items recovered during their investigation.
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  • Chief's Message: Some Thoughts About Medical Marijuana
    12/02/2015
    In the 2015 General Session of the Utah Legislature, Senator Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs) authored the bill that would make medical cannabis available to those with severe or chronic disorders, such as cancer, intractable epilepsy, and HIV/AIDS. The bill made it to the Utah Senate last year and died by a narrow margin. Although 30 years ago I would have told you this would never happen in Utah, I fully expect a similar bill to be presented next year.
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  • Neighborhood Watch: A Valuable Community Resource
    12/02/2015
    You may have noticed a lot of residential fires and other tragic events in news recently. You may also know that Cottonwood Heights has an active and engaged group of folks who want to do their part keep our neighborhoods safe.
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  • CHPD Welcomes New Officers; Daugherty Promoted
    12/02/2015
    The Cottonwood Height Police Department welcomed two new officers to the force in November.
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  • Make It Home Safe For The Holidays
    12/02/2015
    On Nov. 20, the Cottonwood Heights Police Department launched its “3D” Blitz to combat drunk, impaired and distracted driving in the city.
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  • Police Offer Holiday Crime Prevention Tips
    11/23/2015
    During the holidays, the potential for thefts and robberies increase. More people are out and about, and they are carrying more gifts and money than during other times of the year.
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  • Chief's Message: The Challenge Of Hiring Police Officers
    10/07/2015
    The hiring of a police officer in this day is difficult and will likely get worse before it gets better. Competition for limited candidates is stronger than ever.
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  • What To Do About Squatters
    10/07/2015
    The problem of “squatting” could happen anywhere. It did happen earlier this summer near the intersection of Creek and Danish Roads. It started with a bank-owned home that had been vacated by the owners.
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  • Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon Coming
    09/02/2015
    2015 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon and Half Marathon (Presented By Lexus) will occur on Saturday, September 19.
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  • Chief's Message: Domestic Violence And Justice Court
    09/01/2015
    Utah is among other states using specialty courts to address veterans in the criminal justice system. Veterans’ court uses a problem-solving justice model, or a hybrid of drug treatment and mental health court models.
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  • Rivalry Race to Affect Traffic on Wasatch Blvd. Saturday
    08/24/2015
    The 2015 Rivalry Relay Race will pass through Cottonwood Heights on the morning of Saturday, August 29.
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  • Meet the CHPD Officers: Casey Davies
    08/04/2015
    This is the second in a series of articles that introduces the citizens of Cottonwood Heights to their Police Department Officers and helps us get to know them.
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  • Fireworks Restrictions In Place For CH
    07/02/2015
    During the summer holidays, fireworks can be a big part of the fun…or a big problem. Here's what you need to know about fireworks in our city.
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  • CHPD Welcomes New Officer
    07/01/2015
    Cottonwood Heights welcomes new officer Jeffrey Gainey, who was sworn in during city council meeting on May 26.
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  • The Mail Carrier: An Underutilized Neighborhood Watcher
    06/16/2015
    Thieves are using numerous and inventive tactics to get at your mail. No one knows this more than our devoted mail carriers, like Rick Pixler, a diligent and observant letter carrier for over 25 years.
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  • CHPD Welcomes New Officers
    06/03/2015
    Two new officers were sworn in during a City Council Business Meeting on April 28.
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    It’s Simple: Neighborhood Watch Works!
    06/02/2015
    Practicing the Neighborhood Watch Program’s motto, “We See, We Hear, We Call,” doesn’t take much extra time – it simply means being aware and alert to our surroundings – all the time!
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  • Safe Meeting Places for Internet Transactions
    06/02/2015
    Buying and selling items on the Internet is a common and growing practice. Unfortunately, so are people who fall victim to someone they agreed to meet on a network site such as Craigslist, EBay or KSL.com.
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    Keeping Tabs On Crime In Cottonwood Heights
    03/04/2015
    Crime statistic updates are presented monthly to the City Council outlining the previous month’s calls and crime trends. As this is prepared for the next issue of the city newsletter, the most recent month posted is December.
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  • Tour of Utah to Affect Traffic in CH
    On Saturday, Aug 8, the 6th stage of the Tour of Utah will pass through Cottonwood Heights.
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