LE contract resurrected by politics?

bpdAlthough it was a closed issue last spring, now published reports talk about what the City of Bishop might have saved contracting for law enforcement with the Inyo Sheriff. A final amount of savings, the Sheriff said, was never determined because the study was never completed.

At the beginning of the year, the Bishop City Council did ask the Sheriff to start figuring out how much Bishop might save by giving up the Police Department, but, according to the Police Chief and the Sheriff, the preliminary study never reached a conclusion or a final amount of savings. In February, City officials had said when the Sheriff arrived at preliminary figures of savings, the City would then decide whether or not to spend money on an outside assessment team to nail down the specifics of a draft contract. That never happened.

In March, the City Council decided not to pursue a contract with the Sheriff and, instead, to negotiate with officers for savings. Then City Administrator Keith Caldwell had said that the Sheriff and his team performed an initial study but did not go far enough, at the Council’s direction, to determine actual details of service and savings.

Police Chief Chris Carter verified that no final figures were ever released to the City Council from the Sheriff. The bandied about figure of a $700,000 savings has not been attributed to anyone in published reports. The Chief said that figure was never presented. Chief Carter said when it was pinned down that the City wanted the same level of service and personnel as the Police Department, the Council tabled the issue.

Sheriff Bill Lutze repeated that there had been no determination of an actual savings amount. He said the study was in “preliminary stages”. Sheriff Lutze said of possible savings “there was no final amount.”

Some say City Council candidates are privately raising this issue, and a law enforcement contract is reportedly on the list of questions for a future candidates’ forum.


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16 Responses to LE contract resurrected by politics?

  1. Trouble September 27, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    I say keep Bishop PD and the Sheriff and send the Highway Patrol packing!

    • CarbonFootPrint September 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

      Trouble with the CHP. Why?

      • Trouble September 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

        All they do is hand out chicken crap tickets for the same things , over and over and over agian. Then they say what a great survive they are doing us. You asked!

        • CarbonFootPrint September 27, 2014 at 9:51 pm #


          • Trouble September 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

            They are perched in the same places they have been laying in wait up here for the last 60 years. At some point you got to question weather or not they are really doing any one a service. It’s not hard to catch anyone speeding sitting at the bottom of a 8% grade. It’s no secret the Valley is a speed trap.

          • Benett Kessler September 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

            Not if you put it on cruise control. BK

          • Charles O. Jones September 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

            The grade does not meet the legal definition of a speed trap. You’ve made similar unsubstantiated claims before.

            After several decades of descending the grade at roughly 70-75 mph, I’ve never once been pulled over. Maybe you just need to slow down a bit, Trouble. Otherwise you can expect keep getting those “gift cards” from the Chipsters.

            If you live here, and know the typical actions of local law enforcement, and still manage to get nailed – who is to blame?

            I appreciate the enforcement. The average speeds on 395 used to be much higher years ago. The increased enforcement over recent years has brought the speeds down to more reasonable levels IMO. Now if people could just put down their “smart phones”…

        • Roy September 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

          Trouble,,,If your ever in a bad accident and need help from the police I hope they take their sweet time getting to you…. Your lousy anti police attitude is probably what has brought you to the attention of those that protect and serve…

          • Mark September 30, 2014 at 8:09 am #

            Roy’s a hero in his own mind

  2. John September 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    It makes sense to consolidate for such a small city. Do the residents of true Bishop realize that they are subsidizing when Bishop PD shows up to a call in the County areas around Bishop? Also, long term health and retirement costs are going to keep rising. Do the right thing Council, save money, service redesign.

  3. dan nolan September 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    I think it is ironic that Mr Glidewell is up for reelection and suddenly this topic hits the Inyo Register. Secondly no numbers were ever brought up as the idea of contracting Bishop Law Enforcement was scrapped before numbers were crunched. That 700 hundred thousand number is a lie straight up. After we talked with the Sheriff’s Dept. The only saving would have been the Chiefs spot and the difference in pay between us and the Sheriff’s Dept. that number is not even a fraction of 700,000.00. It is disturbing to me that the this figure was published and not attributed to Mr. Glidewell.

  4. Trouble September 29, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    Roy, there is a reason people like firemen a lot more than police. They really come to help. So tell the police to take their sweet time , they already do!

  5. Indy Resident September 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    Trouble… The CHP regulate the highways.. It doesnt matter where they park, when they park, what they do. If you are speeding, you are speeding. If you are texting, calling, not wearing a seatbelt, youre ticketed. We as locals know where they sit and wait. If you screw up they will get you. They have their ‘spots’ because they know where people speed. I know this because I got my first ticket in 15 years near Pearsonville where I always see them sitting. I know where they are, and I dont have cruise control. I was coming down a small grade and was looking at the new pistachio farms and was clocked at 81.. I knew it as soon as I saw them. My fault, and I paid the fine. If ya break the law ya break the law. They are not ‘picking’ on out of towners, they are doing their job

    • Wayne Deja September 30, 2014 at 5:38 am #

      Inyo Resident….The thing with some saying the CHP “pick on out-of-towners”,I think what they are trying to say is the L.A. people coming up here should have free-reins on doing whatever they want to do…as long as they are bringing money to spend up here….whether it be speeding on the highway, using illegal drugs,transporting illegal drugs,partying and fighting in the taverns, tearing up the land,or any other type of behavior we should be willing to accept as long as they are bringing their money to spend in Inyo and Mono County….kinda like a year-around Mardi-Gra.

  6. amazed September 29, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    Trouble…I have no other words other than you are an idiot!

    • Trouble September 30, 2014 at 5:54 am #

      Amazed, sorry I don’t go out of my way to appease you. I’m not pulled over right now and thankfuly I can practice my free speech here without fear of Mr. Chippy adding another violation on me. I don’t hate anything or anyone anymore. When I grew up…. I learned that it’s o.k. to question authority and not to call people idiots . How about you?


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