Berthoud considers replacing police department

BERTHOUD — Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and the town of Berthoud are considering using deputies to replace the town’s police department because of a scandal involving a former officer and police chief.

One idea offered Tuesday calls for policing most of the day, with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office providing service if needed overnight. Another proposal calls for police staffing Monday through Friday, with the sheriff’s office providing service on off hours.

Last October, Berthoud police officer Jeremy Yachik was arrested on child abuse charges after video surfaced of Yachick 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 denies the allegations.


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