Star Valley Residents Unsure Who To Call In An Emergency

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In a recent two-day period, the Payson Police Department was called out to Star Valley 15 times by that community's town hall.

It is not uncommon for the Payson Police department to receive three to five calls a day from the Star Valley Town Hall.

Payson Police Commander Don Engler said residents in Star Valley might not know who to call and contact the Town of Star Valley.

From Jan. 12 to Jan. 18, the Payson Police Department responded to 47 calls in Star Valley or about 6 percent of all the calls it received that week.

Engler said one of the calls focused on a graffiti case while another one involved criminal damage of a bush that was at a house.

The police commander said residents of Star Valley should contact them directly rather than going through their town hall.

Star Valley Town Manager Vito Tedeschi said the town fields a lot of calls from residents who are requesting police service. He said many residents are unaware of what police agency to call.

Before incorporating, the town relied on the Gila County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement. The town has now contracted out with the Payson Police Department for $100,000 for the current fiscal year.

Rather than telling the resident who to call, the town will usually call the Payson Police Department for them.

Tedeschi said he is currently working on a directory of services so residents will know whom to call in the future.

"If they believe there was a criminal act they are more than welcome to call us," Engler said.

For nonthreatening injuries, the Payson Police Department can be reached at either (928) 474-5177 or 474-3288.

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