Did you know that for years, Arlington County has been providing court-related and public safety services and detention facilities to the neighboring City of Falls Church?
Under the arrangement, which the County Board voted 5 to 0 as part of the consent agenda today to extend indefinitely, the City of Falls Church contracts with Arlington for public safety and judicial services and to incarcerate its detainees in Arlington’s detention facility.
The agreements mean that Falls Church doesn’t have to build its own jail or courts. Arlington is compensated by the City of Falls Church, so the arrangement works out well for both communities.
The Board’s approval of indefinite extensions for the contracts means that the County and the City will continue to work closely and collaboratively together to deliver services for years to come.
Under the extension of the Judicial and Public Safety Services agreement, the City and County will continue a long-standing arrangement for court-related services and emergency call center operations. Services covered under the agreement include shared services related to the District and Circuit Courts, the Juvenile Domestic Relations Court, the Commonwealth Attorney, community corrections programs, the Alcohol Safety Action program, and the Emergency Communications Center. The City of Falls Church will pay Arlington $1,029,070 in Fiscal Year 2016 0fr these services.
Arlington County built its regional jail facility more than 20 years ago. The facility is owned by Arlington County and operated by the Arlington County Sheriff. Since the 1990s, Arlington County and the City of Falls Church have adhered to a contract for confinement of the City’s offenders in the detention facility. Falls Church will pay $600,000 in FY 2016 for these services.
Read the staff reports on these contract extensions. Scroll down to Item #24 A and B on the Consent Agenda for the Sat., Oct. 17, 2015 Regular County Board Meeting.