Falcon Heights to renew police contract with Ramsey County Sheriff

By Anne Holzman

After negotiations with St. Paul Police fell apart, Falcon Heights city officials have worked out a one-year extension of their contract with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office for police services in 2024.

The previous one-year contract was set to expire on Dec. 31.

City Administrator Jack Linehan said the county board might not approve it until sometime in January, but he does not expect an interruption in services.

Linehan told the Falcon Heights City Council at its December budget hearing that the city’s proposed levy increase was “almost entirely attributed to the increase in the 2024 police contract,” which was set at $1.7 million, an increase of about $387,000 (29.5%) over 2023.

Linehan told the Bugle, “Both parties are understanding that the city is continuing to try and find a new partner as soon as April 1 or as late as December 31, 2024.”

Falcon Heights is one of seven suburban cities contracting with the sheriff’s office for services including patrols, enforcement of city ordinances, animal control, community outreach and crime investigations. The other six cities all share borders; the sheriff’s office has said Falcon Heights has to pay at a higher rate because the distance makes it harder to share services. 

Anne Holzman is a regular freelance writer for the Bugle.

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