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Towns renew police service contract

Indian Shores officers will continue patrolling in Redington Shores for another year.

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA
Published April 17, 2005


REDINGTON SHORES - The Indian Shores Police Department will continue to patrol Redington Shores streets for another year under a $329,253 contract approved by the Town Commission on Tuesday.

This is the final year of a three-year contract originally signed in 2003. When it expires in October 2006, the two towns are expected to negotiate a new contract, as there seems to be little pressure to switch to law enforcement coverage by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Indian Shores has provided police service to Redington Shores for 41 years.

"I am very pleased with this," Mayor J.J. Beyrouti said Tuesday after Indian Shores police Chief E.D. Williams explained the reasons for the 4.3 percent increase in the coming year's contract - the first increase in two years. The new agreement takes effect Oct. 1.

Redington Shores pays, in effect, 35 percent of the entire Indian Shores Police Department budget of $940,455. That budget includes $44,137 for administrative costs, $845,108 for personnel services and $51,210 for operating expenses.

Under the contract, Redington Shores must transfer to Indian Shores any court costs levied in connection with criminal acts handled by the Police Department, as well as any forfeiture payments under $10,000. Excess payments would be credited to the next year's policing contract.

Williams said that although administrative costs are expected to decreases slightly in the coming year, personnel expenses will increase more than 5 percent, largely because of a recently negotiated contract that will increase police salaries by about 3 percent.

There also will be a slight increase in operating expenses to cover maintenance and communications costs associated with the installation of a new digital wireless communications system required by the Sheriff's Office.