A 42-year relationship between Yorba Linda and the Brea Police Department is coming to an end. The city council for Yorba Linda voted to use the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement after it won a bid to provide services to the city.
Reportedly, more than 500 city residents attended the meeting on Tuesday night, most of them in support of keeping the contract with Brea. There were several bids from surrounding areas to provide law enforcement services to the city, including Anaheim, Brea and Orange County. The OCSD winning bid of $9.8 million annual operating costs, including startup costs.
Brea’s lowest bid was for $10.3 million and would cut two officers from the force. They also proposed keeping services as they are for $10.7 million.
The council stated that it needed to reevaluate costs due to the economic downturn. City residents were in favor of retaining its current relationship with the Brea Police Department in spite of the higher costs. They feel that the OCSD is too large to be able to give the city the attention it has received from the Brea PD.
The vote for Orange County Sheriff’s Department was won 3-2.