Blue River looks to Breckenridge for law enforcement help
January 28, 2013
The town of Blue River is in the market for additional law enforcement support and is looking to the Breckenridge Police Department to supply it.
With a growing number of permanent residents, Blue River officials say they want to contract with the neighboring agency to more strictly enforce town building codes and traffic laws.
Blue River currently contracts with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office for a single deputy to provide law enforcement services to the town.
“They really don’t seem to be in the business of code enforcement,” Blue River Mayor Lindsay Backas said of the sheriff’s office. “But we are a town and we need to have code enforcement, and that’s why we’re looking at different avenues.”
The Breckenridge Police Department has submitted a proposal to provide traffic and building code enforcement and education in Blue River, which might include bringing on a new community service officer.
The town of Blue River would pay for the services.
“Breckenridge is really one of the only law enforcement organizations that has community service,” Breckenridge police chief Shannon Haynes said. “Ours is really robust and obviously we border them.”
The deal is still in the early discussion phases and officials on both sides say they have not discussed details. But Backas said the town is looking to crack down on minor infractions – such as parking and building code violations – as the character of the town evolves.
Once populated primarily by second homes, Blue River has seen an increase in year-round residents, officials said.
“The needs of the community are changing,” Backas said. “When you’re a second-home owner, you don’t care what’s going on, but when people are living some place all the time and when they’re taking care of their home and property, they expect their next-door neighbor to do the same. We want to find a way to work for everybody. We’re still a friendly town and that’s the way we want to keep it.”
Backas said the town board of trustees, which meets monthly, has not yet had an opportunity to review and discuss the Breckenridge PD proposal.