The Spokane Transit Authority will once again pay the salary of a downtown police officer under the terms of a contract approved by the organization’s board Thursday.
The contract says the officer will be based out of the downtown precinct at the intermodal center on West First Avenue, but assigned “to the STA area” with desk space available at the STA plaza. The officer will do emphasis walk-throughs from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during peak transit hours, the contract says.
Since 2005, STA has paid the salary of one full-time downtown officer. Until 2013, that officer was stationed at the STA plaza, but when Spokane police opened a downtown precinct on the same block, the officer was moved to the precinct.
The downtown precinct moved to the intermodal center on the east edge of downtown at the end of 2015, and STA let the agreement expire. They had been paying the city $86,900 per year to cover the officer’s salary.
The new contract is effective May 1 through the end of the year and will pay the city a pro-rated salary of $57,933.
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