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Page police to terminate emergency response agreement with Western Navajo Nation

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The city of Page plans to terminate an agreement with the Navajo Police Department to respond to public safety calls in the western part of the Navajo Nation. Page City Manager Darren Coldwell sent a letter to Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco in September announcing plans to terminate the 2016 Mutual Aid Agreement, according to the Navajo Times. The agreement provides mutual law enforcement support in the event of emergencies, disasters and some special events. In the letter, Coldwell said the “practical application of that agreement has proven to be unworkable for Page and does not provide adequate protections to the city or its law enforcement officers.” Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco says the letter was written without research and the cancellation of the agreement puts the public at risk. The city of Page plans to terminate the agreement on October 31st.