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Wildomar To Get More Cops

The additional deputy hours will be put to use handling Priority One calls, traffic enforcement, and added patrol in problem areas of the city, Kennedy-Smith said.

Wildomar has seen fewer cops on its streets in recent years due to the city’s budget concerns, but residents can expect to see some increased police presence in coming weeks.

During a 2012-13 mid-year budget discussion at Wednesday night’s regularly scheduled city council meeting, it was announced the city has revenue increases from newly awarded agreements with waste haulers. So with a 5-0 vote to approve the mid-year budget, council members allocated $50,000 from the revenue increases to pay for added police service.

Wildomar Police Chief Shelley Kennedy-Smith confirmed she’s allocating 24 hours a week of added law enforcement services to the city through the end of the fiscal year that wraps up June 30. The hours will be utilized Thursday through Saturday each week, the days in which the department sees increased activity, the chief said.

The additional deputy hours will be put to use handling Priority One calls, traffic enforcement, and added patrol in problem areas of the city, Kennedy-Smith said. Priority One calls are those involving an immediate threat to life or property.

City Manager Gary Nordquist said he's grateful the chief agreed to augment the existing service agreement with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Like most cities in the county, Wildomar contracts for its police service through the sheriff’s department.

Nordquist also said he’s looking for money to pay for increased law enforcement services during the 2013-14 fiscal year that begins July 1.

Budget planning for the upcoming year has already started, and a public budget workshop is tentatively planned for March 20. The city is expected to post details shortly, and during Wednesday night’s meeting Nordquist stressed the importance of public input during the event. It is expected that discussion about police service will be a top priority during the workshop.

Law enforcement services are the city's biggest expenditure. Wildomar has budgeted to spend $2,503,100 for police service this year; the figure includes the $50,000 noted above.

Constant Comment February 18, 2013 at 09:56 PM
@Statia, The city already knows about these 'issues'. You , however, might not know about the one person that ran for the city council twice, lost both times, became vindictive, and uses naive Patch readers as her own personal minions to do her bidding! Bombard the city council with items they already are aware of. Keep them from doing their regular jobs so that she'll have something to gripe about as she spends her life on this personal vendetta. So you see it is not about "more voices" as she would innocently want you to believe. Did you know that Martha Lucy sued the City of Wildomar once & won? Did you know that she is in a legal battle with the city again? So in reply to your "really?" Yeah really! There are always underlying issues that people just might not be aware of. Take it easy! }~)
Constant Comment February 18, 2013 at 09:59 PM
See what I mean?
Constant Comment February 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM
That salary is not so fat in the average working world. It might seem that way, only when being compared to minimum wage. }~)
Fisher Lady February 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Do you really think that posting a few comments on a local online newspaper is bombarding the city council?
T February 19, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Do you all that are complaining about people speeding down a street are going to stop after any add police are then removed? Just watch people speeding on the freeway and then slow down when they see a cop, once they get past him they speed right back up. Wildomar, or any city for that matter, can't put a police car on every street. This is a personal choice by drivers not to slow down and until that changes a handful of tickets is only a band aid on a gaping knife wound.

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