Police Contract still on hold
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Oct 03, 2013 | 1180 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Contract negotiations between the city of Patterson and Stanislaus County for police services have ground to a halt after the Stanislaus County requested extra time to do a cost analysis study just before council members were to vote on a contract proposed by the county. The proposal, sent to the council in early September, would cost some $500,000 more a year for the same staffing levels that the city has now.

Negotiations could run into December after another 90-day extension was authorized between the city and county.

The contract, which had been offered by the county in late August and was an item to be considered by the city council on September 3, was placed on hold at the request of the county.

A 90-day extension of the current contract ran out Monday, Sept. 30.

City Manager Rod Butler said Thursday, Sept. 26, the current contract had been extended through the end of the year in an effort to finalize negotiations.

Butler has said the request came from the County Chief Executive Officer’s office, and no time frame was given as to when another proposal would be forthcoming.

Patterson, which contracts with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department for police services, has been working on a new contract extension through 2016 since the early part of this year. The city has contracted with the county for police services since 1998.

Negotiations originally went beyond the beginning of the fiscal year, which started July 1.

Butler said the city currently spends approximately $3.5 million a year on police services. The new contract offer from the county that was pulled would’ve cost just more than $4 million. Two other options on the table called for two more deputy sergeants for more than $4.429 million, or two more deputies for $4.389 million.

A study on police service needs by Matrix Consulting Group to be released in late October called for the two extra sergeants to ensure local supervision and more patrols to be conducted around the clock, Butler said. The city will have one less detective and one more traffic officer as recommended by the study. Until recently, the city had four detectives and one traffic cop.

A staff report, along with the proposal that was on the agenda prepared by Butler, stated that a mid-year adjustment would need to be made if the council chose to keep current staffing levels. An increase in sergeants or deputies would create the need for mid-year budget reductions elsewhere to cover the increased costs. The city had allocated increases into the current year’s budget in anticipation of an increase, but not as much as the county was proposing, Butler said.

Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.
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