At the April 26 council meeting, the city council approved and authorized Mayor Greg Bogh to execute an amendment to the Law Enforcement Services Contract between the city of Yucaipa and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, for a total annual service contract in an amount not to exceed $11,460,469, including additional dispatch services associated with two radios to be used by Public Works Rangers and Code Enforcement Officers for the fiscal year 2021-2022.
Councilmember Jon Thorpe had to recuse himself from this item as he currently is em-ployed by the Sheriff’s Dept.
City Manager Ray Casey said, “The city has had a contract with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for some time and extends that contract on an annual basis through a Schedule A, of the resources as established by the city.”
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has completed their review of the Police Services contract extension which is reviewed annually to incorporate any cost-of-living adjustments that may be negotiated for department personnel, both sworn and non-sword. In addition, the contract may be amended to reflect changes in non-negotiated items, including vehicle and facility costs, services and supplies and other administrative costs.
Casey said that this year the increase from the Sheriff’s Department is less than what was anticipated as it was reduced 4% by the Sheriff’s Department. The changes resulting from the 2021-2022 amendments to Schedule A of the Law Enforcement Services contract will result in a net increase in an estimated amount of $652,327 over the FY 2020-2021 Schedule A contract amounts including an additional deputy. The total proposed contract amendment is expected to be an amount not to exceed $11,460,020, less the annual personnel credit in the amount of $615,551, for a total net contract amount of not to exceed $10,844,469 for fiscal year 2021-2022.
“The additional deputy, according to Chief Williams, is going to be focused on traffic and other ancillary uses to offload some of the proactive policing that’s being done throughout the community,” Casey said.
On Feb. 8, council approved funding for an additional deputy during the mid-year budget review process. Adding the additional deputy position dedicated to traffic enforcement and other police activities will promote public safety by addressing traffic violations and other police activities, with the goal of reducing collisions and providing more resources on the city street.
A few of the responsibilities of the new deputy include: Daily traffic enforcement; Traffic collision investigations; Driving under the influence investigations; Traffic planning for special events; Regional Major Accident Investigation Team membership; California Office of Traffic Safety grant enforcement and management; and Traffic Calming Committee membership.
This additional resource for the police department will also free up regular patrol deputies to spend more time attending to 911 calls for service.
Council agenda items can be viewed at yucaipa.org.