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Precinct move means STA will not pick up SPD officer's salary

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STA says " The strong partnership between STA and SPD is unchanged by the move to the Intermodal Center." STA says " The strong partnership between STA and SPD is unchanged by the move to the Intermodal Center."
SPOKANE, Wash. -

For the last 10 years, Spokane Transit Authority has paid nearly $90,000 for the benefit of having a full-time, on -duty Spokane Police Officer stationed next to their downtown bus plaza. However that agreement expired on December 31, 2015 and with the Spokane Police Department deciding to move the precinct, STA has decided not to renew the agreement this year. 

The move by SPD to the intermodal center on the east end of downtown was pitched as a cost-saving measure, however with STA deciding not to continue to pay the salary of an officer, the Spokane Police Department will have to pick up that $86,900 a year. 

"For ten years STA funding enabled SPD to dedicate one officer downtown. SPD also funded one officer and the two were based out of the Plaza. When the Peyton building substation opened, STA's funding enabled SPD to assign one more officer downtown," STA Director of Communications and Customers Service Beth Bousley told KHQ's Patrick Erickson. "The agreement also provided free parking for seven SPD vehicles in the Plaza garage."

STA insists the move by SPD does not change their partnership. 

"We are confident that SPD's operational decision to move has been made in the best interest of the community and public safety," Bousley said. "Our door remains open to future agreements if STA  funding can be used, as it has been in the past, to provide a direct transit benefit downtown and around the Plaza. At the Chief's request, officers will continue to use a desk in the STA security office as needed."

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