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$12,207.50 per felony arrest?



That's what the cost averages out to for Clearwater's police patrol project in local parks.

In six months, officers have made only 32 arrests and only two of them were felonies. Most were alcohol related. The total cost in overtime hours? $24,415.

So come Monday, Clearwater Councilman Paul Gibson is leading the charge to end the pilot project.

“The results so far haven’t been stellar,” Gibson told Bay Buzz. And the public hasn’t helped the police by calling in crimes. “It just didn’t look like there were that many serious crimes, its was more like what you’d expect – a lot of annoying people annoying our citizens...And unfortunately, being annoying isn’t a crime.”

-- Mike Donila, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:28am]


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