At 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning, January 6, 2013, Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies began patrolling St. Pete Beach.
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Mayor Steve McFarlin and other city officials were present at the city Police Department building for the transition.
Pinellas County’s southernmost beach city is now the 13th city to contract for law enforcement services with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
In November, St. Pete Beach voters gave city commissioners the go ahead for the contractual arrangement and transition from the city Police Department to the Sheriff’s Office for primary law enforcement services.
Work has been underway over the last month to complete the transition.
Sheriff’s Office cruisers will hit St. Pete Beach city streets at 7:00 a.m., Sunday, January 6th. Officers on the last midnight shift for the St. Pete Beach Police Department concluded their shift between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m.
PCSO deputies departed from the current Police Department Building, to begin their first shift in the new contract city.
The Sheriff’s Office staff for the first shift in St. Pete Beach will be a Sergeant, two patrol deputies, and a Community Policing deputy. A burglary detective will also be assigned to the city on a full time basis during the week.
Sheriff’s Patrol deputies and supervisors will have offices at the St. Pete Beach City Hall – located on Corey Avenue. Deputies will not be located at the former police department building.
A total of 28 police department employees will transition to the Sheriff’s Office – 21 officers will be deputy sheriffs and 7 civilian employees will have assignments with their new agency.
The 21 former city officers will undergo a six week training session to learn Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures before taking their assignments in Patrol Operations, or Court Security.
In the attached photo are:
Deputy Dave Mancusi, Deputy Russell Klar, Mayor Steve McFarlin, Sheriff Gualtieri, Sgt. Ken Kanoski, Deputy Will Snyder