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Police departments agree to mutual aid
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CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Police Department has mutual aid agreements with the other municipal police departments in Pinellas County, as well as with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. But until the City Council approved one on Jan. 16, it has never had such an agreement with the Tampa Police Department.

“Law enforcement officers providing assistance to the other agency pursuant to the terms of the agreement will have the same powers when located within the other agency’s jurisdiction as if they were performing their duties inside their own jurisdiction,” a police memo to the council read.

The one-year agreement will allow Clearwater and Tampa officers to conduct inter-jurisdictional investigations relating to such things as traffic enforcement and drug investigations. It also allows the two departments to assist each other with such things as civil disturbances, natural disasters, parades and circumstances that require a specialized unit that one of the departments has and the other does not.

Cops get new pursuit vehicles
CLEARWATER – The Ford Crown Victoria, the longtime favorite pursuit vehicle of police departments nationwide, is being phased out. And on Jan. 16, Clearwater followed that trend when the City Council approved the purchase of 16 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicles from Stingray Chevrolet at a total cost of $425,104. The city traded in 16 Crown Victorias made between 2002 and 2008. Those vehicles had between 77,218 and 103,046 miles on their odometers.

Ticket company hired for city events
CLEARWATER – Over the years, the Special Events Division of the city’s parks and recreation department has used a variety of methods and vendors to sell tickets to concerts and other city-sponsored events. For the past several years, it has employed the services of Extreme Tic, Inc. But Extreme Tic did not live up to the city’s expectations and was fired.

The city will now use Intelli-Mark Technologies, Inc. (better known as ETIX,) the second-ranked company under the June 29, 2012 Request for Proposals that resulted in the contract with Extreme Tic, for its ticketing needs. The new company will begin service starting with the upcoming Sea Blues Festival on Feb. 15. On Jan. 16, the City Council approved a five-year written agreement with ETIX.

A staff memo to the council said that ETIX has the lowest pricing structure of any of the applicants.

“The convenience fee varies, depending on the cost of the ticket, from $1 to $4.25 per ticket plus a 3 percent credit card processing fee,” the memo says.

RCS victim advocacy contract renewed
CLEARWATER – By a unanimous vote on Jan. 16, the Clearwater City Council granted the Police Department’s request to renew the contract to have a bilingual (in English and Spanish) victim advocate available to victims of domestic violence 20 hours a week at police headquarters.

“This is a fourth-year request for the services of a part-time bilingual victim advocate, which has proven to be a very successful program,” a police memo to the council states.

Last year, the advocate provided safety plans to 263 victims of domestic violence, 30 of whom were Hispanic. In addition, the advocate made 263 initial calls and 302 follow-up calls to such victims and assisted them with the ensuing court hearings and State Attorney investigations.
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