10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

By SANDRA STOKLEY
The Press-Enterprise

The Jurupa Valley City Council-elect tonight will get a preview of law enforcement services they can expect from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department as the community moves from unincorporated area to Riverside County’s newest city.

The council-elect will meet in open session at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Jurupa Unified School District Education Center, 4850 Pedley Road.

As it stands now, deputies patrol the Jurupa area as part of the Sheriff’s Department’s duty to provide law enforcement for unincorporated areas of Riverside County.

But as of July 1, Jurupa Valley becomes a city and will contract with the sheriff for law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Department provides law enforcement to 17 cities in the county under individual contracts.

A contract allows officials to tailor public safety to meet the needs of their respective cities.

Chairwoman Laura Roughton said her sense is that Jurupa Valley residents would like to see better traffic enforcement on local streets.

“That’s something we’re really going to seriously look into,” she said.

The California Highway Patrol has provided traffic enforcement to Jurupa, as it does in all unincorporated areas.

“The CHP doesn’t have the manpower to do traffic in an area like ours,” Roughton said.

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