San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/11/2013 08:19:49 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The Sheriff’s Department would need about the Police Department’s current budget to police the city, but would not provide many of the services now handled by police and would require $8.7million in additional start-up costs, according to a much-anticipated report from the sheriff.

The proposal, which the city released Friday afternoon, estimates it would cost $53.1million to police the city, a figure that doesn’t include an estimated $7.9million for such costs as overtime, fuel and a pension obligation bond. The Sheriff’s Department also would not provide animal control, code enforcement and some other services that are included in the Police Department’s budget.

A divided City Council voted in November to find out the cost of contracting out law neforcement, saying the city, which has filed for bankruptcy protection, had to demonstrate to the bankruptcy judge and skeptical creditors that they’d considered all possible cost savings, even those that many considered politically unpalatable.

As recently as August, documents showed San Bernardino police had a $62million budget, but cutbacks and departing officers have left a budget of about $54million, according to Police Chief Robert Handy.

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