Town, county close to jail services agreement
With less than 30 days until the Truckee Police Department hits the streets, an agreement between the Town of Truckee and Nevada County officials over jail operations has yet to be finalized.
But the mood among Truckee and county officials is upbeat, as approval of a proposal to staff the current Nevada County Sheriff’s Office substation appears imminent.
The Truckee Police Department will not have its own jail facilities, and hopes to arrange use of the NCSO facilities.
At question is to what extent the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department will contribute funding for jail operations once the Truckee Police Department begins operations on Sept. 1. NCSO will scale back their presence in the area at that point.
“Negotiations are going along in a positive manner, and I think we have agreed in principle,” said Town Manager Steven L. Wright, referring to a proposal currently being drafted. Wright said the agreement includes a contract with Nevada County for dispatch services and around-the-clock staffing of the jail.
Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal sounded equally optimistic.
“We have some tentative agreements to fund the jail with Placer County,” Royal said.
Bringing Placer County in as a third party seems to be a key financial element.
Royal said the current proposal has Placer County Sheriff’s Office using the jail after hours and on weekends.
PCSO would continue to use their existing facilities in Tahoe City from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., primarily in support of the court.
Royal said the jail will be used as a “regional booking facility,” including the processing of some California Highway Patrol detainees.
“(Bringing in Placer County and the CHP) saves the town a great deal of money… and it’s a good use of existing equipment and staff,” Royal said.
The proposal must be approved by both the Nevada and Placer county board of supervisors and the Truckee Town Council. The agreement is expected to be presented to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 14 and Town Council on Aug. 16.
Sheriff Royal said he was “very confident (the proposal) will be approved by the board.”
As to what presence NCSO will maintain after Sept. 1, Royal said a sergeant, two deputies and a clerical support position will work out of the existing NCSO substation.
Royal said he envisions following existing “resident deputy models,” with the sergeant and deputies working during peak hours and on call after hours.
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