March 03, 2012, 05:00 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal Staff
At 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office will take
over Millbrae police in a long-awaited move that aims to save the city
money while maintaining the same level of service.
Sheriff Lt. Ed Barberini led a press conference Friday afternoon
about the transfer of services. While the city’s 14 sworn officers will
remain serving the Millbrae area, they will be partnered with current
All services currently housed at the Millbrae police
station will remain there, except for vehicle maintenance, he said.
Familiar faces of the Millbrae Police Department won’t be around
next week, however. The employees transferring to the county will be in
training next week. Sworn employees as well as department volunteers
will be sworn in Tuesday, said Barberini.
Barberini, who will act as the city’s police chief, plans to
reach out to community groups and learn about Millbrae’s needs before
making any changes to the services offered. The staffing of the
department doesn’t change. Barberini added there will be more
opportunities for the department to offer support during community
events and as a school resource.
In November, the City Council voted to contract for services
provided by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Earlier this year,
the council approved the transfer agreements to make it happen.
Contracting with the county for police services will save
Millbrae an estimate $1.693 million in the first year. Those savings
will increase in future years over the five-year contract.
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