Supporters of the plan say it will save the city money.
But opponents, like Steve Habecker with the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, says there’s a shortage of eligible recruits and Citrus Heights would have to compete with other local cities for those officers. "They’re probably not going to be able to offer something as lucrative as Folsom, Roseville and Sac City, so they’d have a difficult time trying to find qualified candidates in our estimate if they go ahead with the stand alone department at this time."
A community advisory committee says Citrus Heights could save about $1 Million by creating its own police department.
City council members are scheduled to vote on the issue either Wednesday or June 8th.