WINFIELD | The Lake County Sheriff’s Department will provide police protection services for the town after the Town Council signed an interlocal agreement at Tuesday’s meeting.
Last week, the Lake County Council and the Lake County Board of Commissioners approved the three-year agreement that begins Jan. 1, 2013. The contract calls for Winfield to pay the department $120,000, with $30,000 paid quarterly.
There’s an additional increase of 3 percent for each year of the contract.
Sheriff’s police will conduct patrols, property checks, vacant home checks, burglar/security alarm response, fire department and ambulance assistance, initial investigation of crimes and offenses, radar traffic enforcement, accident investigation and reporting, DUI roadblocks and alcohol breath testing.
Other police services will include domestic violence incident response and investigations such as crime scene investigation, criminal complaint intake, witness interviews, processing criminal charges, criminal background checks on current and/or prospective town employees, forensic and fingerprinting services and evidence identification and storage of evidence.
Sheriff’s police also will participate in court proceedings both in and outside of Lake County. The town will pay additional charges for officers' actual pay rate for all travel time to and from such court proceedings.
The agreement allows Winfield to hire off-duty police officers as needed for special events as well as for traffic control and vandalism.