The city of Chandler and town of Gilbert are looking to join forces to save money and time in how they book prisoners into jail.
A proposed partnership would create a "joint" jail that both police departments would use.
Currently each department processes prisoners and has holding cells where they can hold prisoners for a few hours. Then they must transport them to 4th Avenue jail for booking and bring them back. That results in pricey costs that could be eliminated if a new jail could be built.
Commander Greg Jacquin with the Chandler Police Department said, in the last fiscal year, his department had to book 1,700 people. The cost of doing so reached close to $500,000. Once the new jail is in place, he estimates it could reduce the costs to closer to $150,000 per year.
Each jurisdiction would have to shell out money initially to make it happen. Jacquin said Chandler is proposing about $326,000 with Gilbert allocating a similar amount to pay for it.
The money would go to renovating an area at the Gilbert Public Safety Complex and paying for staffing. Chandler would provide most of the staffing initially with current employees only one new position potentially added.
The felons would still be booked at 4th Avenue Jail. The bookings would apply to misdemeanor cases where most people will be bonding out within 24 hours. Anyone not bonding out would still have to be transported to 4th Avenue.
Both councils will be voting on their budgets this month. Gilbert meets Thursday and Chandler will vote on a budget next week which includes funding for the partnership.