COMMERCE, OK.--- A mutual law enforcement agreement was recently signed by the City of North Miami and the City of Commerce. The agreement confirms that the Commerce Police Department will now take over the North Miami Police Department.
"Basically, they came to us because we're connected, we're closer, and we respond to their calls anyway to assist back up," said Ray Horn, Commerce Chief of Police.
According to the Mayor of North Miami, Julian Coombes, the North Miami Police Department had exceeded last years budget.
"We spent $48,000 on the police department. We only took in $18,000. So that's $30,000 we were spending that, we shouldn't have had to spend," said Julian Coombes, Mayor of North Miami.
In order to conserve resources, the city chose the Commerce Police Department to take over NMPD, considering Commerce officers are already trained and have their own equipment. The Commerce Police Department will receive $24,000 annually after signing the agreement.
"In a way, it's a win win situation for both of us. We get 24 hour coverage on any tickets written in North Miami, stays in North Miami," said Mayor Coombes.
North Miami has already turned in their police equipment to Commerce police. When patrolling in North Miami, Commerce police will continue using their own equipment.
"It'll be our patrol cars, our equipment. Be no change here on our side," said Chief Horn.
Both Commerce Police Department and the City of North Miami hope to make the new agreement permanent. Residents in North Miami can continue to contact the police department via the north department phone number.
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