Berthoud residents may have to pay Larimer County Sheriff's Office $766,000 per year for protection

Sheriff's office would take over for 2 years

LOVELAND, Colo. - Larimer County commissioners say residents of Berthoud may have to pay up for police protection following a scandal in their local police department.

According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, the county has agreed to provide a police chief, a sergeant, four deputies and a school resource officer.

A contract that still must be approved by commissioners requires that Berthoud pay $760,000 a year for 19 hours of service per day.

Last October, Berthoud police officer Jeremy Yachik was arrested on child abuse charges after video surfaced of Yachik allegedly beating his daughter. Berthoud Police Chief Glenn Johnson was accused of covering up the incident.

Not long after his arrest, Yachik was fired by the town of Berthoud. Johnson resigned amid his allegations in mid-December. Yachik has denied the allegations.

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