By Andrea Papagianis
Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will continue to provide law enforcement services to residents in Dana Point and Capistrano Beach after the City Council unanimously approved a $10 million contract for the next fiscal year.
The contract amount rose by 5.2 percent, or approximately $500,000, since last year, according to a city staff report. The cost surge was seen across Orange County as retirement, worker’s compensation and additional regional resource costs have increased.
OCSD has provided enforcement services since the city was incorporated 25 years ago. This year’s contract includes an increase in personnel, including one traffic deputy and one investigative assistant.
The contract supports the 41 positions at Dana Point Police Services, which serve the more than 34,000 residents of Dana Point—with costs averaging $297 per capita. That number is nearly $100 more per capita than the near 65,000 residents of San Clemente pay for county police services.