BY SANDRA STOKLEY
STAFF WRITER
sstokley@pe.com

Published: 02 December 2011 09:30 PM

Jurupa Valley will pay nearly $13 million for law enforcement services during its first year as a city, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department contract going to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors for approval Tuesday.

Under California law, newly incorporated cities must provide the same level of service to its constituents during the transition period from unincorporated community to full-fledged city.

For Jurupa Valley, that translates into 49 deputies providing 240 patrol hours per day, supervisors such as lieutenants, sergeants and investigators, office staff and patrol units that will total $12.2 million for fiscal 2011-12 – the city’s transition year.

Jurupa Valley council members also opted to add a traffic enforcement unit at a cost of $552,000 for the fiscal year, according to a Sheriff Department report accompanying the contract.

Jurupa Valley Councilman Brad Hancock said he thought the cost for law enforcement services was money well spent.

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