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 June 19th, 2008  
Martin County Sheriff Crowder and St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara pool their resources to save money while transporting inmates
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara and Martin County Sheriff Robert L. Crowder have pooled their resources to transport jail inmates and save taxpayer dollars.

“After we analyzed the situation, we decided that sharing the load would save human resources and money for gas,” Sheriff Crowder said. “In these times, public officials need to do everything possible to conserve taxpayer dollars.”

“The cost of gasoline keeps rising, and we all have to find creative ways to accomplish our goals as law enforcement officials at the lowest possible cost while maintaining public safety,” Sheriff Mascara said.

Instead of each agency separately transporting convicted felons to Orlando to begin serving state prison terms, the agencies now combine the trip, send Deputies from each agency, and transport together in one vehicle.  For these trips, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office provides the vehicle.

In return, the Martin County Sheriff's Office is now transporting arrested persons from the St. Lucie County jail to the Martin County jail. On a typical day, five persons are arrested in St. Lucie County on Martin County charges. Previously, St. Lucie Sheriff’s deputies transported those arrestees to the Martin County jail. 

The Sheriffs said that by working together and working more efficiently, they can conserve taxpayer dollars in St. Lucie County and Martin County.

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