PBSO contract renewal brings call for renegotiation in Loxahatchee Groves

Bizar Male

LOXAHATCHEE GROVES — Three western communities have agreed to renew their law-enforcement contracts with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Wellington and Royal Palm Beach did so without debate. Loxahatchee Groves wants to renegotiate the price.

PBSO is the county’s largest law-enforcement agency. While it patrols unincorporated areas as a constitutional requirement, it negotiates annual agreements with the 13 cities, towns and villages that do not have their own law-enforcement departments. Many of those communities are west of Florida’s Turnpike.

Under the terms of the contracts, which take effect Oct. 1, PBSO is obligated to conduct criminal investigations, arrest offenders, respond to 911 calls, issue traffic citations and testify in court, in addition to other services.

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Wellington council members on Aug. 10 unanimously approved the village’s agreement at a cost of $10.1 million.

Wellington, home to about 65,000 people, is scheduled to have a total of 147 PBSO workers, including 48 deputy sheriffs, six road patrol sergeants and 73 part-time crossing guards.

Royal Palm Beach approved its $8.2 million contract on July 15. Fred Pinto, its mayor, said the 40,000-resident village has become one of the safest communities in the state while working with PBSO.

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