Commissioners approve $10,000 for law enforcement task force/assessment

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved $10,000 to be spent on a task force or independent body that will assess how the community defines “public safety” during the Tuesday morning budget hearing.

Their decision came after a local organization, Act Now JH, faced the commissioners last week and Monday in a bid to redistribute funding in local law enforcement.

The group was created a few weeks ago as a product of the hundreds of community members joining protests, marches, and creating an open dialogue between community members in Jackson in response to recent killings of Black men and women at the hands of police.

“We are doing the work to reach out and have a conversation,” Kelsey Johnson told Buckrail last week, who runs social media for the group. And their efforts aren’t going unnoticed by the Teton County commissioners.

“I really commend the folks from Act Now JH for bringing this to the committee’s attention,” Commissioner Luther Propst said.

Commissioner Mark Newcomb also emphasized that he wanted to keep the momentum up and put funding behind the matter.

The BCC is still unsure what the law enforcement assessment and task force will look like, but agree that the $10,000 will help in determining the next steps forward with the concerned community members. The specifics of how the assessment and task force will operate will be determined in future county meetings.

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