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  • Mt. San Jacinto College Police Department DISBANDS (RIVERSIDE OUNTY)

    The Mt. San Jacinto College Police Department, marred in controversy for many of the 12 years it has been in existence, will be discontinued after the college district board voted to contract police services with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

    Trustees voted June 11 to sign a one-year, $945,492 contract that will begin July 1.

    “This contract will allow Mt. San Jacinto College to continue to provide a safe learning environment for students, employees and visitors. In fact, it will enhance police services with more officers,” Superintendent/President Roger Schultz said in a news release. “We can put past struggles behind us and move toward a brighter and safer future.”

    The college police force was founded in 2003 and has been surrounded in scandal, most notably when former police chief Kevin Segawa pleaded guilty to eight felonies and two misdemeanors in 2010, including bribery, perjury and misappropriation of public funds. He eventually served time in county jail

    Also, the department was sued by four former officers who claimed violation of whistle-blower protections and peace officers’ rights, creation of a hostile workplace and wrongful termination. The college reached separate settlements with the officers.

    The Sheriff’s Department will provide trained school resource officers and dispatch services, patrols and conduct investigations, among other services. MSJC will retain its nine campus safety officers, using them to assist deputies, enforce traffic and parking regulations and patrol facilities.

    Police services will cost the district $1.6 million in the next fiscal year, including the contract, college personnel and equipment. If MSJC were to fund the equivalent level of service on its own, the cost is projected to be $2.2 million, according spokeswoman Karin Marriott.

    MSJC expects to serve 11,372 full-time equivalent students in 2015-16 at campuses in San Jacinto, Menifee and Banning and facilities in Temecula.

    “The safety of students, employees and visitors is of the utmost importance to MSJC,” Marriottsaid. “We must increase police services to meet the needs of our growing population and provide a safe learning environment. This contract allows us to do so.”

    Bid were sought from 14 law enforcement agencies, but and the Sheriff’s Department submitted the sole proposal.

    Also at the June 11 meeting, the college board The Board of Trustees adopted a tentative $67 million General Fund budget for 2015-16. The final budget will go before the board in September.
    Last edited by VICHENZO; 06-23-2015, 10:13 AM.

  • #2
    Never will they get the same level of service with a contract. Those goodies will disappear once there is a need for Deps elsewhere...
    Now go home and get your shine box!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by CCCSD View Post
      Never will they get the same level of service with a contract. Those goodies will disappear once there is a need for Deps elsewhere...
      I dont know about Riverside SD, but in LA, every contract gets more than they ever pay for.

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      • #4
        Just wait. A different deputy assigned every few months, no continuity, no local knowledge, no ability to understand and deal with the academics... Give it a few years and revisit it.
        Now go home and get your shine box!

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        • #5
          While that is a risk of contracting, an easy fix is to have dedicate deputies. The resources train runs both ways. If the campus deputies get pulled for an assignment, they can just as easily flood the campus if needed.

          If Riverside is competent (and I think they are), they will not short change the contract.
          Last edited by RGDS; 06-23-2015, 02:18 AM.
          semper destravit

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          • #6
            Yeah...go read the lawsuit filed on behalf of the four officers.

            That place was ****ed.

            But they've had 5 years to clean up their act since Sagawa was...you know, arrested.
            Other officer: Oh that's right, I forgot, you're God's gift to police work.
            Me: At least someone recognizes it.

            Turns out basic police work isn't so hard, you just have to leave the station.

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            • #7
              My agency provides contract services to our local community college. Deputies are assigned for two to three years at a time, don't have any expectation of responding to anything off-campus and we only had a couple issues several years ago of friction with staff members. I think everyone assigned there has had over 20 years on the job.
              Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

              I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Five-0fromSoCal View Post
                I dont know about Riverside SD, but in LA, every contract gets more than they ever pay for.
                Yeah my but.... north county gets short changed big flippin time. Can you same 98% of the time no aero k9 or seb. We have an eta of at least 2hrs before they roll. Aero down due to weather. Homicide eta of 3hrs most times. But all that's built into the budget. What the contract does give is tons of ot because spots ain't filled.

                If rcso runs it similar to lasd those deps won't leave the campus except for extreme emergencies. That's the decent thing about lasd contract.
                I'd rather be judged by 12 rather carried by 6.

                It should be noted that any and all post that are made are based on my own thought and opinions. And are not related or implied to represent the department I work for.

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                • #9
                  That's funny, almost the exact opposite up here. Around here the Contract City gets the resources and the unincorporated gets short changed.
                  semper destravit

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