Supervisor Chris Norby’s "Norby Notes" on cost of police services

On June 15th I posted a Juice blog report on the costs of police services and the upcoming contract renewal between the city of Mission Viejo and the OCSD. Supervisor Chris Norby just issued his e-mail newsletter “Norby Notes” which contains the following information that I wish to share with Juice readers.

OC: Good Deal for Contract Cities

Up for ratification at our June 26 meeting are the Sheriff’s Department agreements to provide protection for the 12 OC cities that contract with the County. Costs are based on the service levels requested by each city, which can vary widely. Low per capita costs like Laguna Woods reflect that city’s status as a gated community. High traffic cities like Stanton need more enforcement. Low crime cities like Villa Park may choose high protection levels based on ability to pay. All costs are directly reimbursed to the County by each city.

These costs for contracted service are significantly lower than most cities that operate their own police departments. Direct comparisons can be tricky, however. Most contract cities have lower crime rates to begin with, and many cities with their own police departments enjoy greater day-to-day operational control. A more direct comparison could be made with Yorba Linda, which contracts police services with Brea.

Still, cash-strapped cities should always be aware of the option of contracting out services with the County, whether it’s with the Sheriff’s Department, Animal Control or the OC Library system.

Contract Cities (w/OC Sheriff):

City Annual Per-Capita Cost

Laguna Woods $24

Aliso Viejo 88

Rancho Santa Margarita 106

Laguna Niguel 123

Mission Viejo 129

Lake Forest 138

San Clemente 158

San Juan Capistrano 173

Laguna Hills 177

Villa Park 182

Stanton 198

Other Contract City (w/Brea PD)

Yorba Linda 147

Sample In-House Police Depts

Fullerton 238

Orange 248

Huntington Beach 280

Santa Ana 281

Anaheim 285

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