Malibu To Open Contract Talks With Sheriff – Staffing Levels An Issue

Written by on June 20, 2019

The cities contract with Malibu’s police agency expires in 10 days.

LA County sheriffs deputies patrolled Malibu under contract … the city hires them to be the city’s police force.

This is not uncommon … 42 cities in Los Angeles county higher the sheriffs office to be the local police force.

Malibu sends about $8 million to the county for this purpose.

But the contract expires on July first … and negotiations are just about to begin on renewing the contract.

The city council on Monday we’ll vote on authorizing the city manager to begin negotiations.

The 42 cities that contract with the sheriff are asking for new language in the contract … mandating that the Sheriffs Department should make every attempt to avoid deployment deficiencies.

There are times when the sheriffs office fails to provide enough deputies.

The proposed new contract would require 98% staffing levels to be met by the department … and if not it enough deputies are on the street … then the Sheriffs Department Station Captain must meet with the City to discuss compliance and identify a plan for resolution.

It is not clear how often local sheriffs patrols are below what the city pays for.

The matter goes before the Malibu city council on Monday.

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