Truckee, County to sign agreement on police services
At their meeting Tuesday, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement that will provide round-the-clock jail and dispatch services for the Truckee Police Department, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and Placer County Sheriff’s Office at the existing NCSO substation in Truckee.
The agreement effectively brings months of negotiations between the Town of Truckee and Nevada County officials over jail services to an end.
In August 2000, the Truckee Town Council voted to discontinue its contract with Nevada County for law enforcement services and form its own police department, and has been trying to secure jail services ever since.
“I am certainly pleased to see the (Nevada County) Board (of Supervisors) unanimously approve this agreement,” said Truckee Town Manager Stephen L. Wright.
Nevada County Fifth District Supervisor Barbara Green said of the 5-0 vote, “I am just so happy we have an agreement (over jail services), and can get on with over business.”
The agreement calls for Nevada County to continue to provide dispatch services for the Truckee Police Department.
The county will bill the Town of Truckee for 89 percent of the cost of dispatch services, estimated to be $333,917 for the rest of this fiscal year.
Jail operations are provided by the county, but in an effort to curtail costs, reducing the hours of operation at the jail in Truckee had been discussed by Nevada County officials.
“That was unacceptable,” Green said.
Green and other Truckee officials remained steadfast that any arrangement provide 24 hour a day, seven days a week operation of the jail at the existing NCSO substation.
A key financial component towards keeping the jail fully operational was Placer County’s contribution of $200,000 annually to use the jail to book prisoners after hours and on weekends. During normal business, PCSO will continue to use their existing facilities in Tahoe City, primarily in support of the court.
The Truckee Police Department will begin operations Sept. 1, at which point NCSO will scale back their presence in eastern Nevada County.
Three NCSO officers and a support staff person will continue to serve the unincorporated area and operate out of the substation. According to the staff report, the county will continue to provide coroner, civil process service, search and rescue and other mandated functions.
The agreement still has to be approved by the Truckee Town Council at tonight’s meeting, but Wright said “I don’t see any issues that the (Truckee Town) Council isn’t already aware of.”
The Placer County Board of Supervisors also has to approve the reallocation of funds for use of the NCSO jail.
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