Eastvale Continues Contract with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department & Evaluates Law Enforcement Substation
Eastvale, CA – In an effort to remain fiscally responsible and to provide the best customer service experience to our residents and businesses, the City of Eastvale continually evaluates best services for the best value. The suggestions that came out of these topics are a result of the City of Eastvale’s robust community engagement efforts and strategic plan.
About a year ago, with the projection of historical rate increases of 7-9 percent, Riverside County discussion of putting more law enforcement costs on local agencies, continually hearing from residents that they would like an increases law enforcement presence, along with the City of Menifee conducting a Feasibility Study to create their own Police Department, the City of Eastvale evaluated whether it made sense to form its own police department as a way to direct policy establishment, ease of information distribution, and leverage local resources.
In the end, Sheriff Chad Bianco was ultimately able to reduce the projected rate increases and created a command staff to work with City Managers and County staff to identify future saving opportunities.
At the City Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the City Council provided direction to not pursue creating a local police department at this time. The City of Eastvale is hopeful that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department continues to collaboratively explore ways to keep rates low and identify ways to align their services with our unique values and needs.
The City Council also provided direction to explore opportunities to build a law enforcement substation within Eastvale city limits. Some of the advantages of having a substation in Eastvale are that deputies could be able to report directly to Eastvale, potentially improving response times and coverage. A law enforcement substation can also help our residents have a greater connection to the local deputies that serve our community.
A potential location option for a law enforcement substation is at the intersection of Riverboat Drive and Hamner Avenue. Fire Station 27, just south of this intersection has surplus land that could be leveraged as a potential law enforcement substation with the vacant adjacent parcel. This site could allow opportunity for a unified public safety command center by locating a law enforcement substation next to Fire Station 27.
The City of Eastvale’s strategic plan can be found at: http://bit.ly/eastvale-strategic-plan.
About the City of Eastvale
The City of Eastvale was founded on October 1, 2010 as an independent local government agency, governed by a five-member, elected City Council. The City of Eastvale serves over 73,700 residents and encompasses 13.1 square-miles in western Riverside County. The City is strategically poised between Interstate 15 and California State Routes 91, 60, and 71, making access easy for residents, visitors and businesses alike. Eastvale is a young and dynamic community filled with economic opportunity, tremendous growth, and strong values. For more information on the City of Eastvale, please visit: www.EastvaleCA.gov