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Sheriff Seeks to Increase Rates Charged for Patrol Deputies

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.

Update:  Riverside County supervisors signed off May 6 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.

Original story published May 6, 2014:

Riverside County supervisors are expected to approve Tuesday 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.


– City News Service.



Temecula farmer May 07, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Dex, it is so refreshing to see your comments!! You get it. I have many close friends in police and fire. I deeply appreciate what they do. However not with a blank check. I can't run my private company that way because I don't have tax payers behind me to bail me out! It's amazing how emotional people get on this subject. And that is what the unions so successfully play to. And they get what they want because people, who are not business savvy cave in!! Yes, at the present rate California is the next Detroit!!
Ken May 07, 2014 at 06:09 PM
The sheriffs dept is a big joke. A couple weeks ago a friend called to report a drunk driver going up and down the street and then parked on the street next to the liquor store. 3 hours and 2 phone calls later the sheriffs deputy finally shows up. Issues a ticket for having a open container and sends the two drunks walking home and told them to leave the truck parked till they sober up/ 10 minutes later the drunk driver returns and drives off with the truck. This driver couldn't even stand up when talking to the deputy let alone drive a vehicle. These two guys get drunk 7 days a week from day break till dark. So I suppose it will take a fatality before they arrest these two old drunks and put a stop to their activity. And they want more money? Thats a joke.
Carol Stull May 07, 2014 at 06:47 PM
The sheriff's main job is to be an administrative manager and if he can't operate the department within budget, barring a major calamity, it's time to get elect someone who can. Did I miss it or is our sheriff's name somehow left out? Stan Sniff will certainly appreciate that. Almost a year retroactive means this has been an ongoing problem and one has to wonder what actions Stan took to right the ship.
ACH May 09, 2014 at 03:17 PM
Temecula Farmer - You have close friends in the Sherriff's department? Of course you appreciate what they do. They treat you different than the rest of us. Just like they treat each other and themselves. They are above the law. Appreciate your honest post there my good man.
ADB Security May 14, 2014 at 03:38 PM
Could this increase be tied into the $40,000,000.00 cost overrun for the new radio system and with the reluctance of the other cities not joining in to help pay for the new system? Please refer to a previous article here on the Patch where the Riverside County Sheriff's Department asks other cities to join in the extra cost. I think the old saying, "history repeats itself" is in line. The "OLD" system that was just replaced, we had a major cost overrun on that budget also. I don't believe they think some people remember.

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