Oakley Mayor Randy Pope is wasting little time in moving forward with his top priority in 2014 as the Oakley City Council will host a discussion on long-term police services to see whether or not it is feasible at this time to break away from the sheriff’s office and form its own independent police department.
Here is what Mayor Pope said at the December 11 Council Meeting which got this conversation started.
A lot of people don’t know but our police services are provided by the Sheriff’s office under contract and they have provided exemplary services and this is by no means anything negative against them but I believe it’s time for the city of Oakley to take the next step and set in motion the steps needed to have our own police department.
Since 2000, the City has formally contracted with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. Currently, there are 28 sworn personnel and a budget of $8.29 million.
According to the staff report, the issue of discussion is not the level of service, but rather the cost of service. Here is a look at the cost per deputy—since 2008, the cumulative increase is 22.79%.
- 2008/09 – $182,383
- 2008/10 – $185,120 (1.50% increase)
- 2010/11 – $192,072 (3.75% increase)
- 2011/12 – $198,462 (3.33% increase)
- 2012/13 – $214,062 (7.86% increase)
- 2013/14 – $223,953 (4.62% increase)
The staff report states the city will also pay the county:
- $255,000 for Communication/Dispatch
- $135,000 for Forensics
- $26,000 as a Property Services Fee
- $51,800 Per Officer Liability Insurance Charge ($1,850)
- $42,000 per officer Service and Supply Charge ($1,500)
Also included in the staff report is a survey of Law Enforcement and a cost “per resident”. We have tweaked the order to highlight the highest cost per 1,000 residents to the lowest on those they surveyed.
- Richmond – $597.88
- San Pablo – $481.64
- El Cerrito – $412.94
- Kensington – $420.95
- Pinole – $353.53
- Concord – $340.71
- Brentwood – $328.30
- Walnut Creek – $299.91
- Pittsburg – $299.64
- Pleasant Hill – $298.64
- Martinez – $274.52
- Antioch – $248.61
- Orinda – $238.65
- San Ramon – $224.53
- Oakley – $218.03
- Office of Sheriff – $213.45
- Hercules – $199.12
- Danville – $191.45
- Lafayette – $185.07
- Clayton – $170.45
- Moraga – $142.07
With many factors to consider in the future of the police services, staff is suggesting that if the council chooses to move forward with the possibility of moving away from the Sheriff’s Office that a subcommittee be formed and proceed with deeper analysis. They would then bring a more formal and detailed analysis to the council at a later date in regards to long-term police services. They are also recommending that multiple work sessions be included in the process to allow the community to weigh in.
For a look at the full staff report, click here.