Public Safety Budget

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In Fiscal Year 2017, $24.9 million, or 44%, of total General Fund expenditures are budgeted for public safety:  $14.2 million for Police Services, $9.0 million for Fire Services, and $1.7 million for Marine Safety (a division of Beaches, Parks and Recreation).

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) police services contract increases $927,500, or 7.26%, from $12.7 million to $13.6 million, including increases due to a new overtime costing model, additional personnel costs based on negotiated labor contracts, and new positons being added – one full-time Investigator, one full-time Deputy II, and one part-time Crime Prevention Specialist. OCSD contract increases are somewhat offset by the defunding of two vacant full-time positions – one Motorcycle Deputy and one Staff Assistant.  The total police services program budget increases by $865,400, to $14.2 million, for FY 2017.

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) fire services contract increases overall by $97,000, or 1.3%, to $8.5 million, comprised of the base contract ($7.7 million), facilities maintenance ($30,000), vehicle replacement ($170,500) and ambulance services for one full-time ambulance ($566,500). The actual base contract increase was $110,000, or 1.4%, but this was offset by decreases in other areas, including the elimination of seasonal ambulance services.  A second full-time ambulance, currently serviced by a private ambulance company, was initiated as a pilot program in FY 2016. Funding to continue with the second full-time ambulance is also included in the FY 2017 fire services program budget.

In Fiscal Year 2016, $23.3 million, or 40%, of total General Fund expenditures were budgeted for public safety:  $13.4 million for Police Services, $8.5 million for Fire Services, and $1.5 million for Marine Safety (a division of Beaches, Parks and Recreation).

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) police services contract increased $323,000, or 2.6%, from $12.4 million to $12.7 million.  OCSD proposed contract increases were somewhat offset by the defunding of two vacant positions – one Motorcycle Deputy and one Crime Prevention Specialist.  The total police services program increased by $237,310.

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) fire services contract increased by $317,000, or 3.9% overall, to $8.5 million, comprised of the base contract ($7.6 million), facilities maintenance ($40,000), vehicle replacement ($187,000) and ambulance services ($616,000). The overall increase is mainly due to a $248,000, or 3.25%, increase to the base contract.  

Police Services Summary

Purpose Statement:
To provide responsive, professional law enforcement service to all people in San Clemente. These services are contracted through the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Police Services

  • Provide law enforcement services to the public.
  • Protect lives and property.
  • Initiate and maintain crime prevention programs.
  • Investigate and solve crimes.
  • Provide educational programs to the public. 

OCSD FY 2016-17 Cost Spreadsheet
FY 2017 Police Services Budget Summary
FY 2017 Police Services Contract
FY 2016 Police Services Budget Summary
FY 2016 Police Services Contract

Fire Services Summary

Purpose Statement:
To provide quality safety and emergency service in a timely and efficient manner. These services are contracted through the Orange County Fire Authority. 

Fire Services

  • Provide safety and emergency services to the public.
  • Provide paramedic and ambulance transport services.
  • Provide fire investigation services.
  • Respond to hazardous materials incidents.
  • Provide fire prevention, public information and educational programs.

FY 2017 Fire Services Budget Summary
FY 2016 Fire Services Budget Summary
Amended Fire Services and Emergency Medical Services Agreement

Marine Safety Summary

Purpose Statement:
To maximize the safety and well-being of visitors to San Clemente's beach and marine environment through comprehensive public education, preventive measures, and responsive emergency intervention. 

Marine Safety Services

  • Provide water observation, rescue response, medical aid and law enforcement services.
  • Provide instructional water safety programs through the junior lifeguard, school education, community outreach and media programs.

FY 2017 Marine Safety Budget Summary
FY 2016 Marine Safety Budget Summary