In 2007 Salt Lake County leaders began the process of creating the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (SLVLESA) which came into existence in 2009. The goal was to allow cities, metro townships, and the unincorporated county to join together
to fund regional police services in a coordinated and cost efficient manner. By joining together and supporting one another, the SLVLESA members are able to afford a higher quality of police services than they would otherwise have on their own thus
better serving the public. SLVLESA does not provide law enforcement services; instead SLVLESA provides a funding mechanism for police services. SLVLESA forwards revenue to the Unified Police Department (UPD), which provides law enforcement services
to the cities, metro townships, and unincorporated County who make up SLVLESA. The UPDis responsible for all police operations in the SLVLESA boundaries.
The Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area includes Kearns Metro Township, Magna Metro Township, Copperton Metro Township, Emigration Metro Township, and White City Metro Township, and unincorporated Salt Lake County. SLVLESA is managed by a Board
of Trustees that are elected officials from each member entity appointed to the Board by their municipality. The daily and strategic operations are managed by a district administrator.
The efforts of the Service area and Unified Police Department are paying dividends as evidenced by Midvale City's decision to join the Unified Police Department in 2011 and Taylorsville City's decision to join 2012. All entities have saved money by Midvale's
and Taylorsville's decisions to join and share administrative costs.