Florala, Lockhart agree on terms for police

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A new mutual aid agreement for police service has officials in Lockhart and Florala pleased.

Discussions began because Florala police officers have worked to respond to emergency calls in Lockhart because the town only has a part-time police department. Florala officials said city officers also spent time in court on Lockhart issues.

Those points, combined with the issue of officer liability, prompted Florala officials to seek reimbursement from Lockhart.

On Monday, the Florala city council approved a contract for Lockhart to pay for 125 calls per year at $25 per call. Florala Chief Sonny Bedsole said Lockhart Mayor Eugene Birge agreed to the figure.

“(Birge) also said Lockhart would assume the liability for our officers when they’re in Lockhart, and that he’d pay for 2013, too,” he said.