San Carlos to Outsource Cops

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM PDT
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San Carlos to Outsource Cops

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The city of San Carlos is moving forward with plans to disband its police force.

The city council voted 4-1 on Monday to begin talks with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office on providing law enforcement services to the city of 28,000.

Under a tentative plan, the city's 32 sworn officers would become employees of the sheriff's department. The department would assign 19 officers and four staff members to San Carlos.

City officials say the move would save more than $2 million while providing the same level of service to residents. San Carlos is facing a $3.5 million budget gap.

The police union is pursuing a ballot measure that would require voter approval before police services are contracted out.

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