Berthoud gets permanent police force 6 months after scandal

Entering the city of Berthoud, Colorado, from the east. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Entering the city of Berthoud, Colorado, from the east. (Photo: Wikimedia)

BERTHOUD, Colo. — After nearly six months, the town of Berthoud has a permanent police force. A scandal ripped apart the town’s police department.

FOX31 Denver first reported about a video that showed Berthoud police officer Jeremy Yachik abusing his daughter. It led to the resignation of the town’s police chief, and an eventual guilty plea related to the child abuse from Yachik. The police chief was accused of not doing anything about the abuse allegations after he received the video.

The town has formal law enforcement back in place, led by Sgt. Jim Anderson of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

Anderson lives in Berthoud, and he’s excited about the new development. “We really want the community`s trust. We want them to know that when they call 911 they`re getting law enforcement immediately.”

He will lead a team of four patrol deputies and one school resource officer. Because police force is from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Berthoud now has access to all the resources that department offers, including mobile crime labs and the SWAT team.