City officials have confirmed they are looking into the potential cost savings associated with the outsourcing of Pacifica Police Department services.
Two bids are currently under evaluation. The first is from South San Francisco. The second is from the San Mateo Sheriff’s Department. The latter proposal would allow for cost savings while the bid from South San Francisco would not. If the city moves forward they anticipate being able to save more than $900,000 per year. At the current time, the city spends more than $8.3 million per year to run the Pacifica Police Department. That expense includes equipment, salaries, pensions, utilities and other associated costs.
The sheriffs proposal repportedly includes an annual cost increase of about 3%. They have said this can be negotiable based on current economic conditions. City officials say that if they move forward with the switch that deputies will work out of the current police department headquarters. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department said that all qualified currently employed personnel will receive job offers.
It is unclear when the council will make a final determination. It is also unclear when the new contract will be implemented, and how much notice current employees will receive in terms of the switch taking place. Other factors, such as response times, patrol hours, and community outreach efforts are still being evaluated.