3 Des Moines suburbs may exit joint security group

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials in three Des Moines suburbs are considering withdrawing from a joint security agreement and operations group.

Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw told The Des Moines Register on Monday (http://dmreg.co/10ktPO6) that if West Des Moines, Clive and Urbandale do leave, that could make it tough for specialized teams to continue operating at current levels.

The agreement was developed after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

The three cities pay a combined total of $160,700 for the joint specialized response team. But the communities have their own tactical teams, raising questions about duplication of services.

West Des Moines City Manager Greg Sparks says the cities probably would seek bomb squad support from the state if they leave the Des Moines group.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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