Written by Amanda Casanova
COPPELL – A year after closing the Coppell Detention Center and merging jail operations with the City of Carrollton, the City of Coppell will continue booking arrests through the Carrollton Police Department.
The City Council voted unanimously for a six year contract with Carrollton. Under the contract, Coppell will pay a flat rate of $106 per inmate, for the first three years. By year six, the rate will increase to $115 per inmate. Finally, the City will pay Carrollton an annual fee of $3,500 for transporting Coppell inmates to Dallas County.
“The new arrangement (in the first year) has been successful and beneficial,” said Coppell’s Chief of Police, Mac Tristan
In 2012, the City of Coppell approved an agreement that said that the City would pay Carrollton to book, process and house prisoners arrested by the Coppell Police Department.
Coppell paid $100 per inmate in the Carrollton Jail for the first 48 hours of incarceration, according to the agreement. For each inmate that stayed past 48 hours, the City paid another $100 for each additional day.
Similar to the new agreement, the City paid Carrollton an annual fee of $3,500 for transport.
In total, the cost to the City of Coppell for the 2012-2013 year was about $89,000, Tristan said.
With no detention officers on staff, the Coppell Police Department’s sworn officers, mostly patrol officers, processed arrests. Then Coppell 911 Communication Center employees were responsible for monitoring those in custody.
In North Texas, the cities of Keller and Southlake already operate consolidated jail operations and emergency dispatch services.