Sheriff agreement delayed again
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
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The Patterson City Council delayed a decision on an agreement between the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department and the City of Patterson for police services Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the regular city council meeting at 1 Plaza. Final details are being worked out and the pact is expected to be considered at the regular Dec. 3 meeting of the city council.

The council is considering a pact that will cost between $4 million to $4.42 million a year depending on the staffing level chosen, according to a staff report provided to the council and prepared by city manager Rod Butler.

The council has three options to consider; to keep staffing levels as they are currently, add two more sergeants for full time graveyard shift coverage or two more deputies to be used during peak hours for calls.

Keeping the status quo would cost $4 million, while adding two sergeants would cost $4.42 million and adding two more deputies would cost $4.38 million for fiscal year 2013-2014. The city had budgeted $3.895 million for police services this year and the council would need to make mid-year budget adjustments should they select a plan to increase staffing levels, according to the report.

The city and county have currently been working with an extension since the previous three year contract for police services expired June 30. The new three year deal would extend services between the city and county until June 30, 2016 and has an ‘opt out clause,’ allowing either side to cancel the remainder of the contract within a six month notice.

The new contract also calls for the city to pay 80 percent of the police chief's salary and benefits, calls for crime statistics to be reported to the city on a monthly basis, and sets out a plan for replacement of the chief of police should Police Chief Tori Hughes vacate her post.

The three levels of staffing suggestions stem from a study made by Matrix Consulting of Mountain View as of last month. The study also indicated that the city should eliminate one detective position, stating detective caseloads were too light. It would leave three detectives and hire two more sergeants for the night shift for better supervision during graveyard hours. A detective has already been reassigned to traffic duty in Patterson because of the study's recommendations.

Butler said staff would be recommending the addition of the two sergeants for better supervision and it was up to the council to set a timetable as to when to implement those recommendations.

The report also stated that there are no current targets by Patterson Police Services for the division of time by deputies between proactive—or crime prevention—and reactive, or responding to crimes.

Departments should strive to have 50 to 60 percent of the time spent in reactive mode and 40 to 50 percent of the time spent in proactive mode, according to the study.

The study indicated that during what is considered graveyard shift— midnight to 8 a.m., — deputies, who utilize a sergeant from the main office of the Sheriff’s Department in Modesto for supervision, were inefficient in their use of time. According to the study, Patterson Police Service deputies had 67 percent of their time in proactive mode from midnight to 4 a.m. and 77 percent in proactive mode from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Nick Rappley can be reached at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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