Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/24/2013 06:00:33 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office are requesting that the county extend contracts with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for policing services and prosecution of crimes that occur on or near the casino.

The Board of Supervisors will consider approving the contract extensions at its meeting Tuesday.

Since 2005, the Sheriff’s Department has provided policing service for San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino and surrounding neighborhoods, and the District Attorney’s Office has dedicated one prosecutor and one investigator to crimes specifically relating to the casino since August 2010.

San Manuel fully reimburses the county for the law enforcement personnel and services dedicated to the tribe.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking that its contract be extended from July 1 through June 30, 2016, in an amount not to exceed $5.4 million. Cost increases would be no more than 10 percent per year, and any increase of more than 10 percent would require Board of Supervisors approval, according to a report prepared for the board.

Under the amended contract, the Sheriff’s Department would dedicate to San Manuel one sergeant, seven deputies, one sheriff’s service specialist, one office specialist, vehicles and any special equipment needed to sufficiently patrol the casino and the surrounding area on a 24-7 basis.

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