Council approves task force to study local law enforcement

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Updated: 5/23/2013 9:34 pm

City Council members voted Thursday to approve establishing a task force to study shared services between the city-and county law enforcement. Councilmen Todd Klein and Floyd Price proposed a resolution to establish a city and county enforcement facilities task force.

The task force would study the possibility of sharing duplicate needs such as office space, jail and holding facilities.

The councilmen said the LPD and Lubbock S.O work well together so this task force could determine if there can be a savings of tax payer money. 

Councilman Floyd Price said, "Are there ways that we could save tax dollars, by joining the effort as far as law enforcement is with the county, and the City of Lubbock and if the task force says we don't see anyway that is would work. What have you lost?"

Councilman Todd Klein said, "Instead of building a new building for millions, and millions of dollars, which we may have too, but this is an opportunity to say can we depress that capitalizations cost and get online sooner and expand tax payer dollars that is a win, win, win."

However, Mayor Glen Robertson said he doesn't see a need for a task force.

"We are actively involved in trying to come up with a solution for a police station," Robertson said. "This will postpone us another minimum of six months. I don't think we need to get this can down the road six more months. I think this council knows what we need to do, and it is time for us to start taking action. I am afraid this resolution will divert us from that."

The task force would be made-up of five members, including the Police Chief and County Sheriff.

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Liberty Seeker - 5/23/2013 11:55 PM
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I think that procedures to replace the police station need to be postponed for at least 6 months. If the current station is overcrowded, then open up a couple of precinct sub stations. Why should cops that patrol the western edge of the city, clock in and obtain municipal property downtown. Of course he (or she) would have to go downtown to return municipal property to the city, because when an off-duty city employee takes municipal property home, even if it is being "borrowed" the charter is being violated, unless the municipal corporation also allows the off-duty public to "borrow" the same goods or services at their whim. . . A precinct station just west of Loop 289, and one at or near 82nd st could handle about 20 vehicles each. And if the same car is used for every other shift, each vehicle would average 12 hours of use per day. Vehicles can go through "rotation" at the maintenance center downtown, when repairs, inspections, or upgrades are needed. . . . To repeat: instead of abandoning the current facility, merely augment it with satellite locations. After all; don't need every cop hanging out downtown.
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