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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.

tom February 15, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Police chief? More like officer with riverside s.o. .contract deputies no obligation to city citizens,transferred ever couple years.
Fisher Lady February 15, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Wait...does this mean that for 4 days a week, 24 hours of those days we will have ONE more officer on duty? The article was unclean to me, but I'll take whatever we can get I guess. It's a move in the right direction, and we NEED more law enforcement in Wildomar. I can't believe the demise of this city since I moved here 5 years ago. It's getting to be a scary place to live. And as far as traffic concerns??? Here are the Farm, about 85% of the cars don't even stop for stop signs, and people drive way over the speed limit. It makes it double-dangerous that we have no sidewalks.
Toni McAllister (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 05:20 PM
No, per the news Wednesday night, Wildomar is getting an additional 24 hours (man hours) of law enforcement service per week. In other words, in addition to the current coverage (man hours) the city gets per week from deputies, Wildomar will get an additional 24 hours of coverage. Those 24 hours will be spread out across Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The city contracts for a certain amount of patrol hours with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department -- this latest news bumps the coverage up just a bit. Hope that helps.
Fisher Lady February 15, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Hi Toni. Thank you. Yes, that's how I read it.
Jason EHS '99 February 15, 2013 at 06:00 PM
When the current wildomar deputies need additional back up, deputies from elsinore and murrieta assist them. The ones who are assigned to elsinore and murrieta dont patrol wildomar no but they do answer priority calls such as shots fired or robbery in progress.
Martha L. Bridges February 15, 2013 at 06:05 PM
This is welcomed news, however it is a temporary fix which will only last through June. Wildomar is working on the new 2013-2014 budget and citizens who are concerned about the lack of adequate police coverage in our community should let the city council and city manager know they want more police. We do have people who are speeding through our neighborhoods and running stop signs all the time. They are keenly aware there is no one to cite them.
Fisher Lady February 15, 2013 at 07:04 PM
true. And, not exaggerating, I have been so close to being run down while crossing the street so many times, that I feel I'm taking risks even walking my dogs in the Farm.
Constant Comment February 16, 2013 at 09:54 PM
We're all pretty sure that the "City Council and the City Manager" already know that the citizens want more police, without the general public bombarding them. Wouldn't want to keep them from their important jobs by fulfilling someones personal issues with them. }~)
PirateGirl February 17, 2013 at 01:47 AM
The "City Manager"???? The person who salary is $165,000.00 a year? How many police officers could Wildomar afford to add, if that salary was not so fat?
PirateGirl February 17, 2013 at 01:49 AM
And....the person who commented on traffic, walking, running stop signs in The Farm is 100% correct! I am a Farm resident as well. See it all the time.
Fisher Lady February 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Really Constant Comment? The more voices who speak up the more these people you mention will pay attention. And after all, that's their job. This used to be a nice quiet neighborhood, and now it's just NOT. I have a right to an opinion and a right to voice it. This is NOT a personal issue, it's a taxpayer issue, and the city manager is suppose to listen to the problems. No, they don't know of all the problems in the city unless they are made aware. We are their extra eyes. They can't know everything and be everywhere.
Martha L. Bridges February 18, 2013 at 01:41 AM
You've got that right, and I believe the new city manager is the kind of person who would welcome the public's imput.
T February 18, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Your problem in the Farm is also that you do not have sidewalks. Do not go crying to the City of Wildomar for that because you have a P.O.A. that you need to bring that up with, same goes for your lack of stop signs.
T February 18, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Jason, you are half right on who covers Wildomar when more police are needed. Murrieta has its own police department and is not part of the Riverside S.D.
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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