Millbrae Mulls Outsourcing Police Force

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 8:33 AM PDT
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Millbrae Mulls Outsourcing Police Force

So much for these lights in Millbrae -- maybe...

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The 911 calls won't be dispatched overseas, but the Millbrae Police Department could be disbanded and cop services outsourced under a plan mulled by the city's legislators Tuesday night.

Millbrae currently shares police services with nearby San Bruno, according to the San Mateo County Times. But as of right now, the staffing levels are "unsustainably low," according to interim police Chief Neil Telford.

The city council has two options: to contract with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and save $400,000 a year, but have less police patrols; or add staff and keep the police department and spend an extra $410,000, the newspaper reported.

In order to keep its own police force, the city must hire a full-time police chief, add a command-level officer and increase clerical staff by the equivalent of a full-time employee, according to a city staff report.

The city council will chew over these facts at its 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday night.

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