New Sheriff in Town

Cathy Salustri

New Sheriff in Town

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies now patrol St. Pete Beach. The Sheriff offered every police officer a position with his organization; many officers accepted.

From 1957 until last Sunday morning, St. Pete Beach had its own police department separate from the county. That changed at 7 a.m. Sunday, when, following the will of the voting majority, the city shuttered its police department and brought in the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) to police city streets.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri offered every St. Pete Beach police officer a job; the majority of the officers took positions with the Sheriff. Mayor Steve McFarlin, who publicly stressed again and again he respected the city police officers, pointed out that the officers would have greater chances for advancement with the Sheriff. He told the commission Tuesday evening he spoke with one of the former city police officers who told him the PCSO treated the incoming St. Pete Beach officers very well on their first day.

On the beach, the deputies will have an office at city hall.

In the coming weeks, the PCSO and the Gabber will tell residents and businesses about some of the programs now available to beach residents, including a lost pet service and alarm registration.