Town to look at police services contracts

Consultant to examine solo and joint police plans

Danville officials have given the go-ahead to a consultant to begin examining the cost of police services to the town and the possibility of contracting those services from elsewhere. At their March 3 meeting, members of the Danville Town Council approved a contract with Matrix Consulting Group to begin the process.

Matrix spokesman Byron Pipkin spoke with the council about the issue and explained how they would work.

"We will interview people within management positions in the city. We'll talk to Town Council and will look at current costs for police services. We won't have any preconceived notions of what will be better. We'll look at what you're getting for your money," he stated.

One area they look at is a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between the Town of Danville and the cities of Orinda and Lafayette. They will compare the costs of contracting solely with the city and sharing the costs between the three proposed members of the JPA.

The study is expected to take around 16 weeks, as the consultants will be speaking with town employees as well as staff from three other cities.

"Are we going to get information through San Ramon, who recently went through this, for cost comparison?" asked Mayor Newell Arnerich.

Town Manager Joe Calabrigo informed the council that San Ramon is just one of the cities that they will be looking at in the study.

Councilman Mike Shimansky expressed some concerns about limiting the study to a JPA. Calabrigo explained that the scope of the study would be broader.

"Let me be clear," Calabrigo said. "We jointly solicited a proposal to do three separate studies. The cost savings come from all three agencies contracting with the same provider. We are not wedded to anything that Lafayette or Orinda might do."

Council members unanimously approved the plan.

After the meeting, Calabrigo explained that taking out the contract with Matrix is no reflection on the town's satisfaction with the service provided by the Sheriff's Department.

"They've always provided a very excellent level of service and we've been very happy with that. Nevertheless we feel compelled from time to time to look at our service delivery model to see if we are getting the best service for our dollars," he said.

This will be the fourth time in the past 27 years that the town has conducted an analysis of the police service contract. Calabrigo said it's just good fiscal policy.

"This is just something that gets done periodically, when you're spending $6 million out of a $25 million budget on a single contract. It's also cost effective and a wise expenditure of our taxpayer's dollars," he stated.

The study is expected to be completed in mid-summer, at which time Calabrigo said the council will examine the findings and make a determination about whether the contract with the Sheriff's Department makes the most sense or if it would be time to contract elsewhere.


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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 16, 2009 at 8:29 am

Proponents for Alamo Incorporation knew some time ago that contracting with the County Sheriff for police services was by far the most expensive alternative.

By going with another agency, Danville and the other cities will save about 30% off their law enforcement costs. And if a JPA is in the future, Alamo almost certainly would have participated bringing an additional economy of scale.

County Sheriff police services are being cut. This means that Alamo police services are being cut. Being incorporated, Danville and the other cities don't have to worry about such cuts.

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Posted by Alamo Dad
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 16, 2009 at 9:44 am

Now, Ron...


Don't you think the county will take care of us here in Alamo? Certainly, since 66% of Alamo decided that our best interests are better served by the county rather than ourselves, we can rest assured that our police services will remain at the high level to which we've become accustomed...


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Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 16, 2009 at 11:12 am

You Lost. Get over it.

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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 16, 2009 at 11:28 am

We're probably not going to get over it, you know. We're going to say "I told you so" at every opportunity and believe me, there will be plenty of opportunities...

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Posted by Old Alamo resident
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm

A few "Vote Yes on A" signs were saved. When stupid things start to happen around Alamo the signs will re-appear. Voters decided to let Alamo (which does not really exist) just drift away! What a shame!

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Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 16, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Wow...66% of Alamo was right. You are such poor losers, you would have been a nightmare as winners. The Vocal Minority was soundly beaten, yet you scream louder. It's called the politics of irrelevance. The more irrelevant ones cause, or one becomes, the louder they must scream. You Lost. Lost big. Either get over it, or move! I'm sure Danville would like to have you.

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Posted by Community courtesy
a resident of Danville
on Mar 17, 2009 at 7:28 am

Our regional neighborhoods within Danville are asking about qualifications of any alternative police force and the continuing costs of county services for courts and jails. How would Danville duplicate the detectives, investigation services, labs and more provided by the county? Would someone please define how alternative contract police services save Danville money and what costs will remain in place with the county for investigations, labs, jails and courts?

**Requested by Cheryl, Danville neighborhoods discussion groups, Alamo region community of neighborhoods**


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Posted by MR P M MURPHY
a resident of Danville
on Mar 17, 2009 at 2:42 pm

dANVILLE needs its own police dept. Danville shold look at its own,a jpa i don see how it could work. Danville talked about this over the years.After 27 years i say Danville go back and look at it. What do the pople of Danville want for or in a police dept. Pople of Danville look at it as your police dept. What kind of services do you wish. I belive Danville would best served by its own police dept. Please leat know what you think. I will get back on this issue. MR P M MURPHY,danville.

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Posted by Pappy
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Can Alamo residents just move along into whatever the future brings without the arrogant sore headed losers trying desperately to salvage something from their resounding defeat by warning of impending doom and gloom because Alamo voters did not follow their yellow brick road. Their condescending attitudes are exactly the reasons they lost. Alamo residents proved they are smart enough to see through their scare tactics as readily as we saw through their empty arguments for incorporation. Can you imagine what life would be like in Alamo if that collective bunch of whiners were in control. Remember, local control was heir central argument for incorporation.

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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 18, 2009 at 7:58 am

Cheryl asks, "How would Danville duplicate the detectives, investigation services, labs and more provided by the county?"

The answer is that you DON'T duplicate those services. You do what every other city in CC County does - you contract with the county sheriff for specialized services.

This, of course, is the same sort of argument that Alamo inc-oppo's used: "We'll need to build a (jail, corp yard, city hall, crime lab, etc.)."

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