Tampa Bay Informer - Clearwater Government News

Pinellas County Sheriff Jim CoatsKeeping deputies on the road, in-service, and available to respond to citizens calls has always been a primary concern of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. To that end, in 2008 our office established a Prisoner Transport Unit (P.T.U.), in the sheriff’s office jurisdiction, with the goal of servicing our own deputies. The idea proved so efficient, that today the service is provided to all but four municipalities in the entire county.

The idea is a simple one. The Transport Unit is summoned to the scene where an arrest has been made, custody of the prisoner is transferred from the arresting deputy to the prisoner transport deputy, who subsequently transports the suspect to the Pinellas County Jail. At the very moment that the transfer is made, the arresting deputy is free once again and available to respond to the next call for service.

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