They protested outside the police station Saturday.
“I think it's terrible the way the police force are man-handling the businesses and abusing their right to be police,” said Larry Whisenand, a protester.
Their complaint list is long-- from unnecessary pullovers to harassing certain businesses and their patrons. The owner of the Canyons Inn said police unfairly targets him.
“Pulling people over if they look suspicious,” said Jim Stojack, Canyons Inn. “The harassment by the Cottonwood Heights Police Department is unprecedented. If you just look at the back of their cars it says ‘solve the problem’. What ever happened to ‘protect and serve’? I think that speaks volumes.”
Some here say police make stops for revenue purposes-- accusing the department of overspending on salaries and leased police vehicles.
“As a citizen of Cottonwood Heights I’m just appalled by the salaries of the police officers, the cars,” said one protester.
Protesters want the police chief out and the Unified Police back in-- which had authority over this area up until 2008.
But the chief says the majority of people are happy with the department except for this group who he says are mostly bar owners upset with increased DUI patrols.
“When Unified Police Department was here they were averaging about 20 DUIs a year,” said Chief Robby Russo, CHPD. “When Cottonwood Heights Police took over we average about 250 DUIs a year and we will never apologize for taking drunk drivers off the road.”
Russo acknowledged the department leases new vehicles for officers every two years, but says it's all to save money.
“We've discovered that leasing vehicles is actually more cost-efficient than buying vehicles and running the tires off of them and getting nothing on the tail end,” he said.
But the calls for change continues. Protesters pitted against police with no resolution in sight.
If you would like to make a complaint against the CHPD, click here. Russo tells ABC 4 Utah he takes every complaint seriously.