Police - Spending
Background: The annual PVE PD cost of $7 M is 39% of the PVE annual expenditures of $18M and 77% of PVE’s unfunded Pension Liability. As such, the magnitude bears scrutiny. Moreover, each year we pay 3.5 – 4 times more than our neighboring cities of RPV, RHE and RH which all contract with the LASD for police services and pay far less on a cost per person, per household or per acre basis (for details click here). The difference the multiple goes up to 5 times factoring in increases in unfunded pension attributable to having an internal PD. In 2016, the City Manager obtained a preliminary quote from LASD for $3.5 million, and recommended that the City commission a Sheriff’s Feasibility Study to at least better understand this option. City Council has not authorized such a study.
Question: As Councilmember, would you be for or against a Sheriff’s Feasibility Study to explore this further? Please explain why.