At the December 14, 2009 City Council meeting, the City Council discussed and authorized Staff to contact neighboring police departments to provide contract Police Services for San Carlos.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Redwood City have both expressed an interest in providing these services to the City of San Carlos and have now submitted written proposals for these services.
Each agency will present their proposals at a Special City Council Meeting on May 11th at 6:00 pm. The following agencies will provide proposals to the City:
* Final Sheriff’s Proposal to Provide Police Services in San Carlos
* Redwood City Proposal to Provide Police Services in San Carlos
Copies of the written proposals can be found at the City of San Carlos website by clicking here.
(letter I’ve sent to some on the SC council and Mark Weiss)
I recognize RC (or other outsourcing agency) would have a contract. But there is no way that contract can codify or ‘enforce’ performing the level of police work we have now beyond the most obvious aspects.
Every police depart has a set of standards as to what they tolerate and what they don’t. I lived in Chicago, and whenever you’d drive from O’Hare airport you’d be careful to drive slowly in ‘Stone Park’ because everyone knew the cops were never casual about speeding. San Carlos to me is like Stone Park. Redwood City is not, and that is reflected by their crime rates, quality of life, corruption (re: the Barbara Pierce / Fair Oaks incident) and even home values. Inevitably, police contracted to us that report to the RC command structure will conform to RCPD standards and norms. Giving up our standards to save a few bucks is shortsighted and potentially disastrous to keeping San Carlos a special place, not just another average peninsula town. I do not want to turn SC into RC.
Even with respect to finance, outsourcing often backfires. While RC and others might initially offer attractive rates, we will have no recourse against higher rates once we disband our PD given the unlikelihood we’d re-establish it.
With regards to Fire, I fully support the idea of outsourcing and think it’s an easy distinction to justify. It is hard to imagine receiving a reduction in fire, crisis or health safety with any other department. Law enforcement is a different matter; the degree the law is enforced depends on local issues, politics and caseload – and, again, I do not want San Carlos to share the same least common denominator with RC.