UPDATE: The Fullerton City Council voted not to study whether or not the Orange County Sheriff’s Department could save the City of Fullerton millions of dollars by replacing their current police department. Apparently three Council Members (Sharon Quirk-Silva, Greg Sebourn and Doug Chaffee) thought that saving money wasn’t a good idea.
“Sebourn said it could have been a source of information, but at this point there was not the political will to make the move,” according to the L.A. Times. Lame!
“The Orange County Sheriff’s Department could take over police duties for the city of Fullerton under a proposal being considered by the City Council on Tuesday,” according to NBC News.
What do you think? The City of Fullerton took a PR hit when a group of their cops went nuts and killed homeless man Kelly Thomas. Several Council Members backed by the Fullerton police union were later recalled by the Fullerton voters. Isn’t it time for the Fullerton City Council to consider alternatives?
Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva told the O.C. Register: “I’m not sold on the idea. A lot of times we think we are saving, but then we realize we don’t save what we thought.”
Imagine that. Quirk-Silva doesn’t think the City of Fullerton will save money, but why not at least find out if they will? Why support the cops who embarrassed the city and killed a Fullerton resident?
And if the City of Fullerton can save money by dumping their cops, why not do so?