Baldwin Park To Evaluate Outsourcing Police Services

The City is considering the option of dismantling its local police department and contracting the County Sheriff, or including a special tax to close a budget deficit.

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The Baldwin Park City Council will receive on Wednesday a cost analysis and comparative report regarding a possible contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and will discuss the possibility of implementing an additional public safety tax.

The reports that will be presented during the meeting on Wednesday are part of discussions that the City has had in order to reduce the deficit of over 1 million dollars projected for next fiscal year.

According to the report (attached to this story as a PDF file), the city could opt to hire the County Sheriff in order to save on public safety costs, calculated at approximately $4.6 million.

It is estimated that for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the cost of services with Baldwin Park Police Department could reach $19.4 millions, while the total cost for the Sheriff's services would be $14.7 million.

Baldwin Park faces a projected budget deficit of over one million dollars, which has already caused reductions in personnel and program cuts.

According to a report, a contract with the County Sheriff would increase the number of agents patrolling the city by about 40 percent.

During the meeting, the possibility to add an additional tax for public safety will also be discussed, a decision which would completely eliminate any potential contracts with the Sheriff.

Said proposal has to be approved by voters and put forward for consideration before March.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m., at 14403 E. Pacific Ave.

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