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Study: Spokane Valley could save by starting own police department

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A new study says Spokane Valley could save more than $1 million per year if it started it's own police department, but it could cost some police officers their jobs.

Spokane Valley has a contract with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office to provide police service in Spokane Valley. The study says the city could save about $1.1 million dollars per year if they start they're own police department in Spokane Valley.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says the only way they'll save that kind of money is if almost a dozen officers lose their jobs.

Spokane Valley Mayor Rich Munson says they just got the results of the study Monday and nothing is final.

"We're going to be using this study as a guide. We're not going to be using this as some kind of 'you got to do this,' kind of document. It was never intended to do that," said Munson.

Munson says he does not want officers to lose their jobs and he'll look closely at all his options to make sure the city gets the best law enforcement service they can for the money the city is spending.

The authors of the study will present their findings to city officials on October 20.

The public is invited as well as county commissioners and the sheriff's office.

The presentation begins at 6 p.m.

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