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Sunday, January 13, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.

The long-awaited contract bid for policing bankrupt San Bernardino finally arrived from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department last week.

The not-so-surprising result? It wouldn’t save any money and contain roughly $8 million in one-time start-up costs.

It’s the first time a Sheriff bid hasn’t saved a potential contract city significant dough.

But in reality, the Sheriff’s Department has never been interested in dealing with San Bernardino. The bid itself made that crystal clear.

In the few instances over the years, when the city council has sabre-rattled over the possibility of a outside law enforcement contract, mainly in an effort to push back against the San Bernardino Police Officer’s Association (SBPOA) during labor negotiations, eye-rolling took place at Sheriff’s Headquarters.

After all, who would want to manage a contract to provide law enforcement services to a long-standing dysfunctional city like San Bernardino.

I mean really? It’s true!

A contract like this one would routinely bring with it constant Sheriff vs. the city council showdowns. So why bother with all the heartache?

It’s a shame too! Because the Sheriff’s Department can bring cost efficiencies that its fourteen current contract cities currently enjoy.

So much for that shell of a bankruptcy pendency plan.