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Board approves sheriff's request to increase rates charged for patrol deputies


Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Issue 19, Volume 18.


RIVERSIDE - Riverside County supervisors signed off today on a sheriff's department request to hike the rates charged to cities and other contract entities for the use of patrol deputies and other personnel.

The rate increases will be retroactive to July 1, 2013, and are needed to recoup higher operational costs incurred by the department over the past year, according to sheriff's officials.

Under the revised rate schedule, the cost of a sheriff's patrol deputy will rise from $132.69 per hour to $139.29 -- a 4.97 percent jump from the 2012- 13 fiscal year.

The increase reflects higher labor expenses and the costs associated with support functions, including supervisors and administrators. Staff benefits are also priced into the figures.

Higher extra duty pay rates for other sworn and non-sworn personnel were included in the revised rate schedule. According to sheriff's officials, cities and other contracting parties will only be billed for those expenses if they expanded their public safety staffs beyond the number called for under their law enforcement services agreements.

According to the schedule, the cost of an additional sheriff's patrol corporal will increase from $141.15 per hour to $148.08 per hour, or about 4.9 percent; an additional sheriff's investigator from $73.17 to $79.73 per hour, or 9 percent; an additional sergeant from $89.45 to $91.60 per hour, or 2.4 percent; and an additional captain from $116.23 to $118.33 per hour, or 1.8 percent.

In a few instances, costs for contingency personnel will go down. The hourly rate of a sheriff's investigative technician fell from $41.20 to $40.73 per hour, a 1.1 percent drop; and an accounting assistant from $27.69 to $27.22 per hour, down 1.7 percent.

According to sheriff's documents, nine cities and three community services districts will be required to pay increased sums for the sheriff's use of facilities dedicated to servicing the communities.

The sheriff's department says the heftier bills generally stem from county Department of Facilities Management costs to maintain stations, including lights, waterworks, landscaping and custodial operations. The sheriff initially carries the expenses, then passes them on to the contracting parties, each of which is invoiced in proportion to how much it consumes.

The largest percentage increase in facilities costs will be borne by Eastvale, which faces a $116,353 bill, compared with $96,253 the previous year - - a 21 percent jump that sheriff's officials attributed to depreciation charges on the station constructed to serve the area.

The city of Perris will bear the highest facilities fee in dollars and cents: $528,740, up from $495,714 the previous fiscal year.


Sheriff Seeks to Increase Rates Charged for Patrol Deputies

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to approve today a sheriff's department request to hike the rates charged to cities and other contract entities for the use of patrol deputies and other personnel.

The proposed rate increases would be retroactive to July 1, 2013, and are needed to recoup higher operational costs incurred by the department over the past year, according to sheriff's officials.

Under the revised rate schedule, the cost of a sheriff's patrol deputy will rise from $132.69 per hour to $139.29 -- a 4.97 percent jump from the previous fiscal year.

The increase reflects higher labor expenses and the costs associated with support functions, including supervisors and administrators. Staff benefits are also priced into the figures.

Higher extra duty pay rates for other sworn and non-sworn personnel were included in the revised rate schedule. According to sheriff's officials, cities and other contracting parties would only be billed for those expenses if they chose to expand their public safety staffs beyond the number called for under their law enforcement services agreements.

According to the schedule, the cost of an additional sheriff's patrol corporal would increase from $141.15 per hour to $148.08 per hour, or about 4.9 percent; an additional sheriff's investigator from $73.17 to $79.73 per hour, or 9 percent; an additional sergeant from $89.45 to $91.60 per hour, or 2.4 percent; and an additional captain from $116.23 to $118.33 per hour, or 1.8 percent.

In a few instances, costs for contingency personnel would go down. The hourly rate of a sheriff's investigative technician would fall from $41.20 to $40.73 per hour, a 1.1 percent drop; and an accounting assistant from $27.69 to $27.22 per hour, down 1.7 percent.

According to sheriff's documents, nine cities and three community services districts will be required to pay increased sums for the sheriff's use of facilities dedicated to servicing the communities.

The sheriff's department says the heftier bills generally stem from county Department of Facilities Management costs to maintain stations, including lights, waterworks, landscaping and custodial operations. The sheriff initially carries the expenses, then passes them on to the contracting parties, each of which is invoiced in proportion to how much it consumes.

The largest percentage increase in facilities costs would be borne by Eastvale, which faces a $116,353 bill, compared with $96,253 the previous year - - an approximately 21 percent jump that sheriff's officials attributed to depreciation charges on the station constructed to serve the area.

The city of Perris will bear the highest facilities fee in dollars and cents: $528,740, up from $495,714 the previous fiscal year.


 

2 comments

Comment Profile ImageBen Seilhamer
Comment #1 | Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 6:26 am
I really appreciate how this article gets down to the point. The increase of pay for police personnel is very interesting, along with the raise in fees for facilities. This helps one comprehend the expenses our local governments have to bear and take in account, and the expenses our tax dollars are paying for.

Great article!
Comment Profile ImageAlessandro Dellamico
Comment #2 | Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 7:26 am
obviously in any area money is usually going to be the biggest issue when concerning almost anything otherwise everything that someone wanted done would probably get done. I am all for making sure our local sheriffs get better pay for their duties because they have an important job of keeping the people safe and the community safe. the only question i have is was this the best place for that money to go? i personally don't know all the details on this issue. whether or not it has been a long lasting issue or the problems that were present before it. however i do know there are many other places that could always use that money. the obvious one that everyone talks about is the schools. my high school (chaparral), from what i have seen, is probably one of the least funded schools in our local group of schools. if that money were to come to our school or at least our area of schools the differences would have been noticed. any new resources or facilities are always a big deal for us students and we highly appreciate them. i also would like to know who determined which positions got the bump up in pay and which ones got the reduce, because it looks like the high paying jobs got the increase while the lower payed jobs got the decrease. like i said i don't know all the details, but just from those figures presented it does not seem to be a very just payment adjustment.

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