Should Santa Ana consider outsourcing their police department to solve budget woes?

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Two California cities have made the decision over the past week to essentially fire all their police officers and contract with other agencies. 

One city, Maywood, went as far as to fire all their city workers and contract them out, according to  You can also read about it at

And the city of San Carlos, in the Silicon Valley, recently made a move (4-1 by the Council) to contract out its police force. The move will eliminate the jobs of 32 officers and save the city $2.5 million a year, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

The City of Santa Ana has quietly outsourced a lot of jobs over the past two years, because of our own budget crisis.  But no one at City Hall wants to consider outsourcing our police department to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.  But it makes a lot of sense.  We are critically shorthanded in our police department.

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