200 Riverside County Sheriff's Deputies Receive Layoff Notices

riverside county sheriffThe Riverside County Sheriff's Department issued a press release last Friday announcing it had sent out layoff notices to an additional 100 deputies, on top of the original 100 layoff notices it had sent out on May 16.

The first set of layoff notices would have deputies losing their jobs effective July 13. This second round of notices would be effective August 10.

This comes after the County Executive Officer (CEO) recommended the Board of Supervisors adopt proposed budget cuts to the Sheriff's Department that would total as much as $60 million. The Board will consider those cuts next week at their June 13th budget meeting.

Even though the Board hasn't yet approved these budget cuts, the Sheriff opted to issue these layoff notices now to give deputies enough time to prepare. If the budget cuts are approved, some 500 positions within the Sheriff's Department will be cut.

Fortunately, these positions do not involve contract cities such as Menifee.

However, contract cities will still suffer as the Sheriff plans to cut staffing from multi-agency gang task forces, sexual predator teams (SAFE), and frontline drug task forces that deal with marijuana dispensaries, reduce patrol aviation service hours, and close and mothball several Sheriff's patrol stations. Deputy patrols of unincorporated areas will shrink from 1 officer for every 1,000 residents to just .75 officers.

In addition, to meet the proposed budget cuts, another 800 jail beds will be closed at the recently expanded Larry Smith Correctional Facility (LSCF), forcing many contract cities to book their inmates into the Riverside or Indio jail facilities. At that point, Riverside County's jail system will have been reduced from 4,200 to 3,100 beds, one-half the capacity of neighboring San Bernardino County.

If the proposed budget cuts are approved, they will go into effect July 1.




8 Comments:

  1. So much for protecting us. We will be left alone to protect ourselves because we do not want to pay for the protection. Makes sense to me, NOT!

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  2. If you only had a clue. Blame it on the unions

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  3. Explain why the union should be blamed. Riverside County Board of Supervisors want it their way. I'd like to see them take some pay cuts not pay raises. The state is releasing over 30,000 prisoners early. Over 2000 of them in Riverside County. We should have more law enforcement out instead of laying them off. It seems the guilty always win.

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  4. What is a fair compensation/benefit package for a deputy? According to them, it never seems to be enough.

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  5. The union is merely notified that they will have fewer union members as of a certain date. Budget cuts are the main problem. Misappropriation of funds by polititians is the real problem. Accountabilty is needed. Elected officials do not have our (the people) best interest in mind.

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  6. There is no doubt the board is also to blame. However let’s take a minute and look at who funded a large part of the board election campaign, the unions. With that now let’s look at what the unions have negotiated.

    No caps on vacation payout. As a rookie you could earn vacation time and 20 years of banking your overtime and regular vacation time you get all that time paid out at your current salary. Some are walking away with hundreds of thousand of dollars.

    You can work 25 years and retire at more money per month then you were making while working, and not pay a dime into it.

    I’m sure I could look up several more examples, but there is no need. There needs to be legislation that prohibits unions from using employee’s union dues for campaign contributions. As soon as that happens then the unions can stop buying a stooge to sit in an elected office.

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  7. Typical politics!
    I really wish our state would adopt the same laws that Arizona and several other states have regarding concealed carry. It is proven in cities where citizens can legally carry a concealed weapon that crime rates are significantly lower than cities where nobody can carry a gun.
    If our news media would actually be unbiased and report all the incidents that take place on a daily basis throughout the country where a CCW saved a life it would really open people's eyes.

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  8. The more geed you have in the unions the ore money we as tax payers are going to have to pay. It's not just cops look at the teachers union. Why does the school district need 4 assistant superintendents’? You know that getting rid of 3 of them would open up about $300,000.00 a year. Why is district office hiring another office person at a cost of about $50,000.00 a year? Does is benefit the kids one bit by having more office people. There is two examples that would save the school district (with pensions and benefits) over a half a million dollars a year. Waist plain and simple.

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