Fullerton’s police officers are not among the highest paid cops in Orange County, according to a new study commissioned by The Association of California Cities of Orange County.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, which provides service to a dozen cities as well as the unincorporated areas of the county, came in number two on a list ranking O.C.’s police departments — in order of total compensation, according to the O.C. Register. The top base monthly salary for sheriff’s deputies was $7,308, with total comp of $13,968.
The top base monthly salary for Fullerton’s cops is $6,860 per month and their total compensation comes to $12,294.
There is however a catch. When you figure out the cost that we pay for police officers per capita, it turns out that those who are served by the O.C. Sheriff’s Department only pay two cents per month. The people of Fullerton are paying a much higher nine cents per month per capita. Folks in Costa Mesa are paying thirteen cents per month, per capita, for their police force. Compare that to Santa Ana, where the cost is three cents per capita, per month.
Two Fullerton Council Members, Bruce Whitaker and Travis Kriger, recently tried to convince their colleagues to vote to study whether or not their city might save money in the future by contracting with the O.C. Sheriff’s Department, for police services. Their idea as shot down by their colleagues. This study proves though that, at least on a per capita basis, Fullerton residents might indeed be able to save quite a bit of money by switching to the O.C. Sheriff’s Department.