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Calif. City Outsources Police Services to Sheriff

April 04, 2011  | 

The Half Moon Bay City Council voted Saturday to shut down its police department and contract out its law enforcement services to the San Mateo Sheriff's Department.

The move is expected to save the cash-strapped city $509,000. Interim Chief Lee Violett currently works part time because of the budget woes. The city can't afford its skeletal department of 12, which has no detectives, no one to ride the two traffic enforcement motorcycles, and not enough time to patrol schools or work with youth, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

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