San Jacinto Council approves the addition of two POP officers and new license plate reader cameras

More than a dozen San Jacinto residents in emails strongly asked the city council to add two more sworn police officers to the contracted city police department during the council’s July 21 virtual meeting. The council was to decide on a proposed general budget adjustment of $786,000 for the hiring of two more sworn police officers from the Riverside County Sheriff Department to improve law enforcement priority calls and major crime response status. The request for city manager Rob Johnson to find enough money in the 2020-2021 general fund budget to hire the police officers came following council discussion June 30 led by Mayor Andrew Kotyuk. He cited an increase in the department’s priority calls since the COVID-19 crisis began and asked the council to look into hiring more depu
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