County approves law enforcement services contract with Lake Elsinore

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Riverside County will be providing 27 full-time equivalent sheriff’s deputies to the city of Lake Elsinore.

A 5-0 Riverside County Board of Supervisors vote Tuesday, Aug. 4, approved a five-year law enforcement services agreement between the county and the city. The agreement is retroactive to July 1 and will expire June 30, 2025.

Lake Elsinore is expected to reimburse the county $14,010,000 for the law enforcement services during fiscal year 2020-2021 and $77,300,000 for the full five-year period. The actual payment will be based on hourly personnel rates, mileage rates, facility use costs, records management system fees and California identification system fees throughout the contract period.

The sheriff’s department will provide 14 dedicated positions consisting of five community service officers, four traffic officers, two community control officers, two special enforcement team officers and one sheriff’s sergeant. Lake patrol is also included in the law enforcement contract, although that is not a dedicated position. Although the sheriff’s department will be the only law enforcement unit, the city may hire unarmed code enforcement personnel.

Lake Elsinore approved the law enforcement services agreement, June 17.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.