Puzzle pieces coming together

Hardin City Police Commission formed, chief is sought
Thursday, July 23, 2020
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The foundation for the Hardin City Police Department is slowing being put into place with the implementation of the police commission and the search for a police chief, Hardin Mayor Joe Purcell said.

“As soon as the position is filled (the chief) will be able to apply for some law enforcement grants,” Purcell added.

The city is making good time building their new department, the first review of the police chief applicants will be on August 7, Purcell said.

“The contract we have with the Big Horn County Sheriff’s office is still good until July 1 of next year,” said Purcell.

The three members of the Police Commission, Kevin Cannon, Rachel Ybarra and Devaney Mischel, will go through orientation and training in the next few weeks.

After the city fills the police chief position the new police department will hire five or six police officers. Full-time officers will be required to live within one mile of the city limits, so they can become familiar with the community.

The new police force will patrol the city limits and provide mutual aid to county deputies as needed, Purcell said.

In the meantime, he said, a remodeling project in the future police squad station start.

“A lot of the grants where put on hold because of the COVID-19 outbreak and I’m not as far as I would like be on the project slowly but surely it’s getting done” said Purcell.

The squad station will be located behind the city court and across from the city offices.

Purcell is reaching out locally for candidates for the police chief position, as well as across the state and on about 1,500 national law enforcement websites.