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Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121



The Cottonwood Heights Police Department is the newest law enforcement organization in the Salt Lake Valley. Nestled at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains between Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyons, Cottonwood Heights covers about nine square miles with a population of approximately 35,000 people. The city is the gateway to major ski resorts and recreational canyons, as well as offering an easy access to the valley's transportation system.

When the City of Cottonwood Heights incorporated in 2005, a contract was entered into with the Salt Lake County sheriff to continue as the main provider of police protection. This changed in 2007 when Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore and the city council opted to form their own locally-controlled police department and terminated the contract with the county sheriff. This service ended on September 1, 2008 and the Cottonwood Heights Police Department was born.

The CHPD has entered into partnerships with other municipalities to achieve an economy of scale and to provide an appropriate response to any potential emergency. This is accomplished by starting our own SWAT team allowing us to provide local control and still accomplish the goal of providing quality pooled services to keep the citizens safe, as illustrated by SWAT, CSI Crime Lab Services and the major accident team reconstruction task force.

Today, Cottonwood Heights has some of the valley’s lowest crime rates, while the CHPD has great response times and some of the highest clearance rates of crimes. The cost for the service is equivalent to what the city would have paid the county for contracted services. As the city continues to grow, the CHPD will rise to meet the needs of its residents.

In September of 2015, the CHPD entered into an interlocal agreement with neighboring cities that allows Cottonwood Heights police personnel to render aid for those jurisdictions in case of emergencies. The agreement also allows for aid from those jurisdictions in case of a major event occurring in Cottonwood Heights. You can read the agreement here.

Also in September of 2015, the CHPD was the first Utah municipality to enter into an interlocal agreement with other Salt Lake County police agencies to form a task force meant to investigate Officer Involved Critical Incidents (OICI), such as officer-involved shootings,  in custody deaths and other investigations involving police officers. You can read that agreement here. You can read the OICI Protocol here.

CHPD Organizational Chart  (click here to download the PDF)
pd org chart






Nar-Can is Here

The CHPD is adding Naloxone ("Nar-Can") to officers' toolkits. The nasal inhalant counteracts the effects of opiates, and can save the lives of people experiencing opiate drug overdoses.

To find out more about Naloxone, go to www.UtahNaloxone.org.

Register for 9-1-1 Emergency Notifications

In case of emergency notifications, you need to register (and update) your home telephone (or cell) with local 9-1-1 centers. for CH residents, go to: http://www.vecc9-1-1.com/voip-registration/.

The registration process and instructions can be downloaded here




Idling in Cottonwood Heights

Some questions and answers regarding idling vehicles on Cottonwood Heights Roads
Post Date:01/08/2020

Idling Vehicles in Cottonwood Heights FAQs

 ski traffic

Q – I live near Wasatch Boulevard and I hate it on heavy ski days when vehicles sit and idle for hours? What can the city do about this?

A – This is a situation where idling is allowed under city code. Chapter 9.62 of Cottonwood Heights City code allows for idling vehicles when a roadway is blocked because of traffic conditions or traffic control devices. This is allowed for multiple reasons, including quicker advancement of traffic when conditions improve, and additionally as a welfare of a passenger or driver (i.e. keeping the heat on in the vehicle on a snowy or cold day).


Q – What is the city code regarding idling on private property

A – Privately owned vehicles parked on private property do not have limitations on idling.


Q – What is the official word on idling vehicles in Cottonwood Heights?

A - No driver shall allow a vehicle’s engine to idle on public property or on private property open to the general public within the city’s corporate limits for more than one-minute subject to certain exceptions.


Here is the official text from Chapter 9.62 IDLING VEHICLES


Chapter 9.62



9.62.010 Limitations on idling vehicles;


9.62.020 Violations.

9.62.010 Limitation on idling vehicles;


No driver shall allow a vehicle’s engine to

idle on public property or on private property

open to the general public within the city’s

corporate limits for more than one minute,

subject to the following exceptions:

A. The vehicle is forced to idle on a

roadway because of traffic conditions or traffic

control devices.

B. Vehicle idling is necessary for auxiliary

power for law enforcement or fire equipment;

emergency and/or water equipment;

refrigeration units; loading and unloading lifts;

well drilling; farming; battery charging; or for

the proper functioning of other equipment that

is part of the vehicle.

C. Vehicle idling is necessary for the

efficient operation of a turbocharged heavy

duty vehicle (e.g., buses) or to operate a vehicle

within the manufacturer’s operating

requirements such as, for example, building air

pressure in air brake systems.

D. Vehicle idling is necessary for the

health and/or safety of a driver or passenger,

including police K-9 or other service animals.

E. Vehicle idling is necessary for the

proper repair, maintenance or inspection of the


F. The vehicle is an authorized emergency

or law enforcement vehicle and is either:

1. Being used in an emergency or by an

on-duty law enforcement officer; or

2. Needing to idle for the safety of the

emergency workers.

9.62.020 Violations.

A. Because this chapter is primarily to

educate, an individual must be issued three

warning citations before a citation may be

issued for violation of this chapter.

B. Violation of this chapter is punishable

as an infraction.


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