Levy County Sheriff's Deputies Replace Inglis Police, Saves Town Money
Published January 3rd, 2014
INGLIS -- Following a vote last year to dissolve its police department, the town of Inglis is now being patrolled by deputies from the Levy County Sheriff's Office for a fraction of the cost.
The Inglis Town Council voted early last year to dissolve the police force and instead pay the Levy County Sheriff's Office to patrol the area.
The move -- which officially took place last October -- will end up saving the town about $60,000 annually, although those savings won't show up until next year.
Levy County Sheriff's officials say they have hired three additional deputies to mainly patrol Inglis. However, as outlined in the contract, they cannot guarantee that a deputy will be stationed within Inglis at all times.
Lt. Scott Tummond, Public Information Officer for LCSO, says his agency also provides the town with resources it previously didn't have. "We have a full compliment of investigators, we have a crime scene unit. So the citizens down there are benefiting greatly at a reduced cost," said Tummond.
Some residents around town described the former Inglis Police Department as "aggresive" in its tactics, and say they're glad to see it shuttered.
The town's contract with the sheriff's office lasts for four years.
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