San Clemente's Public Safety Services consist of the Marine Safety Division (Ocean Lifeguards) and contracted services with Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Sheriff Department respectively
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.
In April 2017 the City Council initiated the creation of a Public Safety Task Force based on the findings of a Police Services study by the Matrix Consulting Group (Matrix). The City Council determined this was the first step to implementing any of Matrix’s recommendations. The task force will review, discuss and analyze data to achieve consensus on recommendations for potential implementation measures related to Police Services. Additionally, the task force will initiate and develop a community based public safety strategic planning process that will result in a public safety strategic plan for the City Council to review and approve for future implementation.
Police Services Summary
To provide responsive, professional law enforcement service to all people in San Clemente. These services are contracted through the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
- 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.
Fire Services Summary
To provide quality safety and emergency service in a timely and efficient manner. These services are contracted through the Orange County Fire Authority.
- 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.
Marine Safety Summary
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.