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Summarized by Kent Larsen

New Mormon temple raises questions about county security
KOB-TV4 Albuquerque NM 23Feb00 D1

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO -- The LDS Church's new Temple in Albuquerque, New Mexico has raised security concerns for the rest of Bernalillo county amid contentions that county police are concentrating security patrols near the Temple, leaving other areas of the county vulnerable.

LDS Church officials offered to pay overtime wages to the sherriff's department for traffic and security help, but since the county doesn't have an overtime program, the offer has apparently not been accepted. The sherriff has assigned three on duty officers to work outside the Temple and one detective to work inside during the current open house.

This additional protection led Bruce Smith of the Sherriff's Deputy Association to complain that other areas of the county are being neglected, "They're tying up traffic accident investigators, tying up detectives and lengthening cases. They're tying up detectives for responding to calls which means the problem has to wait for another deputy to clear the call."

The Temple's open house ends on Saturday.


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