Public Safety – A Hot Topic.
The San Carlos Police Department has been in the news quite a bit these past few weeks, but not for reasons you might expect. Last week, the City Manager of San Carlos announced that his “preferred path” to balance the City’s budget calls for outsourcing the law enforcement responsibility in San Carlos to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. (The other part of this proposal is to turn the Fire Department responsibilities to Cal Fire, but that will be addressed in a different segment.)
This announcement has raised major concerns within the Police ranks, as well as with the citizens of San Carlos — and rightfully so. If you attended last night’s fantastic Police Town Hall Meeting, you saw the statistics first-hand — San Carlos has one of the best police departments on the Peninsula, hands down. So while the cost savings that the City Manager is proposing may look enticing on paper, there are far too many questions that need to be answered before any judgment should be rendered on this proposal. One thing is for certain — ANY proposal needs to maintain this level of service, or it won’t be a good deal for San Carlos.
Interview: The San Carlos Police Officer’s Association.
This week’s guest on Spotlight on San Carlos is Suzanne Sheppard, Vice President of the San Carlos Police Office’s Association. In this interview, we discuss topics ranging from current staffing challenges in the department, to the latest budget proposal. Click the play button below to hear the interview:
(If you’re reading this on email, click on this link to access the interview: Interview — San Carlos POA)
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