Sheriff’s Department service centers shut down
Due to budget cutbacks, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department is closing down service centers in Granite Bay and Lake Tahoe, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.
The Kings Beach Service Center has already been shut down and had its one staff member moved to the Tahoe City Substation, said Lt. Allan Carter of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. The Carnelian Bay Patrol Office is scheduled to shut down by Jan. 10 with 18 patrol officers and five sergeants also being relocated to Tahoe City.
There are no plans for a cutback in service levels, just a redistribution of resources to reduce overhead costs, according to the Sheriff’s Department statement.
The closing of the service stations follow another effort to cut costs in which all Placer County employees are required to take four unpaid days off during the next six months. The Board of Supervisors approved the unpaid leave on Dec. 9 to partially fill a budget gap, saving about $2 million and more than 20 jobs, according to a Dec. 22 Placer County press release. About 2,200 county employees, including confidential and management employees, will be taking unpaid, mandatory time off.
Placer County service centers have been a place for citizens to meet with a deputy and have a report taken as well as a location for fingerprinting, said Dena Erwin, Placer County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer.
But with the advent of a new electronic fingerprinting system, only available in Placer County main stations, services at stations like the one in Kings Beach are becoming outdated, said Erwin.
“Services have been dwindling in those stations because we used to do a lot of ink fingerprinting there,” Erwin said. “Now it’s done by Livescan and those services are only offered by the main offices.”
In addition to being a close alternative for Kings Beach residents to find police assistance, the Kings Beach Service Center provided a place for Spanish-speaking citizens to get help.
A large contingency of the Hispanic population went to the Kings Beach center because the staff member there was bilingual, said Lt. Carter. The staff member is not gone, however, and can be reached at the Tahoe City Substation for assistance, he added.
With more budget meetings to come, Erwin said she expects more cutbacks in the future.
The Granite Bay Service Center will be closing Jan. 9 with operations moving to the South Placer Substation in Loomis.