Months of meetings between the Menifee and Murrieta police chiefs resulted in a police dispatch agreement between the two cities police departments being approved by the Menifee City Council Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Appearing before the council with the details of the agreement was Menifee’s new police Chief Pat Walsh, Murrieta police Chief Sean Hadden and members of the Murrieta Police dispatch department.
Hadden called the Menifee and Murrieta Police Dispatch agreement a “tough one” to negotiate but now, “We look forward to this partnership. We are going to provide you guys a great level of service,” he said.
The cost of the services was outlined by Walsh, dividing them up between personnel costs and technology costs during a 2-year period. The new police department will officially start up once the current agreement for the city’s law enforcement with the Riverside County Sheriff concludes at the end of the year.
The first year, known as the startup period for the joint dispatch system will see the city hire up to 12 dispatchers with the “go live” date in the second year with Menifee paying 43% of the total personnel costs. The two cities will meet before the “go live” date to determine what is called the “full burdened costs” that includes salaries and benefits without limitation; departmental support, supervision and administrative overhead, including associated human resource costs; internal service costs and indirect citywide overhead costs before May 31, 2020. After that, Menifee will pay 43% of the entire joint dispatch department’s costs.
The first year costs for Menifee Police Departments dispatch personnel are estimated at $784,004.64. The second year will add four supervisors, increasing costs to $1,547,075.69, according to the chief’s report. The personnel after the first year will include the 12 dispatchers, four supervisors, a communications manager, radio administrator and information technology analyst and an information technology tech.
The second year deferred technology costs are estimated at $224,558.20. The ongoing annual costs are estimated at $99,692.88.
Walsh said approximately $500,000 per year will be coming out of the Measure DD funds with other special funding coming from the state and general fund.
Walsh said Murrieta favored the city by letting the department buy more than a 100 of their radios through the Murrieta police departments discounted rates, which will result in a cost of about $64,000 per year.
The two chiefs told the council they will be meeting in November to review the cost estimates and progress being made in forming the joint dispatch system and meet regularly after that.
District 3 Councilwoman Lesa Sobek said the joint police dispatch system is a “milestone” for both cities.
“I am proud to see the partnership between the two cities,” District 2 Councilman Matthew Liesemeyer said. “We are on track and keeping within the budget.”
District 4 Councilman Dean Deines said he wanted to thank the citizens of passing Measure DD that will help pay $500,000 the first year formation of the joint dispatch unit.
The council voted to approve the 10-year police dispatch agreement with the Murrieta City Police Department.
The council also agreed to extend city manager Armando G. Villa’s employment to Dec. 31, 2023, with a salary increase at $257,262 per year, and after the Menifee Police Department starts up, an additional $18,008 along with any cost of living increases.
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