St. Petersburg Times Online: News of southern Pinellas County
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Promises to police officers made good

© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 28, 2001

TREASURE ISLAND -- Two years ago, police officers complained about everything from work conditions to pensions. City leaders made promises, but officers were skeptical.

Not any more, says Chief Joseph Pelkington. The officers moved into a renovated police station this month, with more space, more privacy and more amenities to come.

Are the officers happy?

"Oh my God, yes," said Sgt. Tim Casey. His staff of four sergeants have new desks in a room decorated with blues and grays and windows to the rest of the station. Sgt. Casey and Chief Pelkington are still in temporary offices in the former chamber of commerce building while their new offices are being designed.

"The feeling a couple years ago was "Yeah, yeah nothing will ever happen,' " Pelkington said on a tour of the station Tuesday. Looking at the new surroundings, he said, "It's a big booster to morale."

The city is spending about $750,000 to renovate the police station and redecorate the adjoining fire station. The first portion of the project is nearly complete, with some final construction occurring on a new exercise room for all city employees. The gymnasium will have a private entrance for police officers and a separate one for other city employees. It also will have restrooms, showers and lockers.

The remodeled patrol and operations section includes two new rooms for interviewing, two cells for prisoners and a separate area to hold juveniles. The employee entrance also has a new patio for picnic tables and umbrellas. Still to come are new offices for the administration, as well as an enlarged front entrance and public waiting area.

In the past couple of years, the department has updated its equipment, added a K9 unit and installed computers in squad cars.

This week, the police and firefighters also will be joining the state's retirement plan. The city, which has to contribute more money to the new plan, used to leave it up to employees to manage their pension funds.

Pelkington said he wants the new station to reflect the improved attitude of his work force.

"I want it to be a friendly place," he said. He plans an open house to show off the station when the renovations are finished in January. He said he'll serve doughnuts.

Back to St. Petersburg area news
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Special Links
Mary Jo Melone
Howard Troxler

From the Times
South Pinellas desks
  • Honoring emergency workers
  • RV park, developer reach deal, end suits
  • Stuffed wallet lands in four honest hands
  • For work or play?
  • 'Tourists' in Pinellas Park see it in new light
  • One kind of terrorism never ceases
  • Two of 3 Kinkade galleries close
  • Fresh fish, fine wine fill the bill at store
  • Military news
  • Living remembrance
  • Schools name candidates for top Support Employee
  • Mounds of the past cleared for growth
  • Parking meters crop up in John's Pass
  • Blood, sweat and cheers
  • Northeast High to honor its top athletes, coaches
  • Book takes a look at life of a firefighter
  • With barber's death comes passing of era
  • Causeway bridge lookouts need a new post
  • Promises to police officers made good
  • Rabbits reproduce into pests
  • Santa Parade gets rolling on Saturday
  • Hotel wants to let guests travel on air
  • Club's success leads to start of men's league
  • Bikes help get handle on law enforcement
  • Renovated Bardmoor gets positive feedback