PBSO starts patrolling in Greenacres

Posted at 8:08 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 20:08:39-05

GREENACRES, Fla-- Green is the new blue in the City of Greenacres.

Starting Monday, you will see green uniforms and vehicles patrolling the city. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has officially taken over police services there.

While residents won't see any major changes, alarm companies are reminding people that if you have an active home or business alarm system in the city you will need to apply for a 25 dollar permit with the Sheriff's Office. That way your alarm system will be in their records, and deputies will be able to respond if there is an emergency.

While giving up a city police department and letting the sheriffs office come in was a contentious decision at point, council members who pushed for it hope that these new resources for the city will give them more manpower, and more resources to fight crime.

"I just think this is the best thing for the city as well as the law enforcement officers," said Councilwoman Judy Dugo.

The merger will come at an additional cost to the city.