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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would begin answering Estacada's calls in October

If the city of Estacada moves forward in contracting with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services, it would receive patrol for 10 hours each day of the week.

The Estacada City Council gave consensus to move forward with entering into a contract with the Sheriff's Office during a meeting on Monday, May 14. A formal intergovernmental agreement will be voted on during a future meeting.

Estacada has contacted with neighboring Sandy for police services since 2013. Prior to that, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office provided law enforcement in the city.

Earlier this year, Estacada city councilors opted to explore different options for law enforcement, including continuing to contract with the Sandy Police Department under a different agreement. Though Sandy opted not to submit a bid, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office did.

The bid includes a fulltime and part time patrol officer, as well as a school resource officer. Deputies would be stationed in Estacada for 10 hours a day, every day of the week, though which 10 hours has not yet been determined.

The total cost for the new contract is estimated at $691,755.90. Within that number, the cost for dedicated police services is estimated at $446,211.26; fuel and vehicle maintenance is estimated at $18,936.20; quartermaster and vehicle costs are estimated at $30,003.55; additional police services such as dispatch and records are estimated at $120,747.16; and support services are estimated at $75,857.73.

Under the city's current contract with the Sandy Police Department, Estacada receives 80 hours of patrol each week. For these services, along with the cost of the school resource officer that the city and school district share, the city of Estacada pays $413,000 annually.

The Sandy Police Department will serve Estacada through October, at which time the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will begin responding to calls within Estacada city limits. It has not yet been determined if an assigned patrol deputy will be immediately stationed in Estacada, though there will be one in neighboring unincorporated Clackamas County.

"We always have someone in East County, and whether or not a dedicated officer for the city of Estacada will be available at that time is to be determined," said Capt. Jeff Smith of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division.

Though city leaders initially hoped to see a 12- or 16-hour police presence each day with the new agreement for law enforcement services, the potential agreement with Clackamas County begins with 10 hours of patrol each day because it was cost-effective, City Manager Denise Carey noted.

She added the council would like to see 24-hour police coverage in Estacada in the future and noted that potential ways of financing this include a five year tax levy or a public safety fee included on the water bill.

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