Our Pompano Beach attorneys are following a developing news story about the city’s potential plans to form its own police department. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Broward Sheriff’s Office sold cities on its ability to offer police protections for less than local governments; however an audit in May discovered that Broward County paid over $21 million to subsidize police and fire services in the 14 cities contracting with the sheriff.
Leaders in Pompano Beach believe that ending their decade-long relationship with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and hiring its own officers may help the Pompano save money. The city pays the Sheriff’s Office $38.8 million for its police services each year, but a study conducted in July shows that re-creating a Pompano Police Department could cost $64.9 over the first two years.
If Pompano Beach follows through on its plan, it would become the first city in 15 years to end its police service contract with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Source: Pompano considers ending contract with Sheriff’s Office, South Florida Sun Sentinel, December 1, 2009
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