Humboldt Supervisors approve unified law enforcement district

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of a unified law enforcement district and allowing the Public Safety Commission to administer the agreement Monday.

With the exception of Humboldt, which has its own police department, all towns in the county have contracts with the county for law enforcement through the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.

Dakota City, Bradgate, Livermore, Bode and Thor recently requested forming a unified law enforcement district which would replace individual contracts.

They will contract with the county for law enforcement through the sheriff’s department

Mayors of those five towns will be added to the Public Safety board.

The duration of the agreement would be for five years, from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2022.

Each town within the district will be required to pay $10 per capita to the Public Safety Commission which, in turn, will be paid to the sheriff’s department.

The amount will increase by 50 cents each year, culminating in a total of $12 per capita in fiscal 2021-2022.

The sheriff’s department and the law enforcement center will own and maintain all the equipment.

“Any of the other towns who don’t have the levy can join it at any point in time,” said attorney Brett Legvold, who represents the towns behind the proposal.

The next step is for the towns to approve the agreement.

Even though not part of the district, the Humboldt City Council will be asked to amend the Public Safety Commission documents to allow for that body to administer the agreement, Legvold said.