Brooksville Police Officers serve the city one last time before county takes over

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — After more than 150 years of protecting the city of Brooksville, officers did it for the last time on Thursday.

The name in front of the police station, already gone as the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office takes over law enforcement in the city. 

But it didn't stop BPD Officer Scott Fredricksen from doing his job one last time. 

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"The citizens of Brooksville needs law enforcement. It would be a disservice to them if we all said, 'Eh, we’re not going to work anymore,'" said Fredricksen.  

Fredricksen has served the city as an officer for more than 10 years.

"The city of Brooksville cuts my paycheck, but I work for the citizens of Brooksville," said Fredricksen. 

In April, Brooksville city council voted to disband the police department to save the city money. 

Officer Scott Fredricksen is one of nine officers joining the sheriff’s office.

"For me personally it’s a sad/happy day.  I’m sad that I’m leaving the Brooksville Police Department and that the police department is closing but I’m happy that I have a job," said Fredricksen. 

The ten-year agreement for the county to provide law enforcement for the city is expected to save Brooksville up to $1.7 million a year. 

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