New Port Richey police, city council create 'safe exchange zone' for online transactions

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — The New Port Richey police department and city council are working together to build a camera monitored safe exchange zone. 

According to officials, the zone will be a place where people in the city, and surrounding areas, can go to safely conduct online sells or custody exchanges for divorced families. 

The safe exchange zone will be at the New Port Richey police department. Four parking spaces in the front parking lot of the department are being designated for the exchanges.  

Police chief Kim Bogart said he is also purchasing new cameras that will be installed on the front of the building. The cameras will face the safe exchange parking spots and will record 7-days a week.

“We believe this will make it safer for people to conduct business,” said chief Bogart.

There are only eight cities in the state with safe exchange zones just like New Port Richey’s.  

The department is going to pay for the zone with money collected from criminal activity over the years. 

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