The residences of Atherton expect the Police Department to protect the safety and well being of their homes and the residents therein. I also believe the residents respect and cherish the Police Department more than any other department of the Town. Personal safety and property protection is our number one priority from the Police Department and the town overall. We need to protect and support the Police Department and its personnel to provide such service.
A number of cities and towns have looked at outsourcing the Police protection to other organizations outside the towns or cities on the Peninsula. Some have outsourced this essential function to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in an attempt to cut expenses and balance their annual budgets. I do not agree with outsourcing such an essential function. The primary reason I do not agree is if for some reason a police department outside the Town did not perform well we would have to go to the Sheriff or the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to address this concern.
I do not believe the vast majority of Atherton residences would want to resort to such a step to cut expenses to balance the annual Town budget. The Town needs to keep control over this essential service. I do not support outsourcing the Police Department. Only if we should for some reason face bankruptcy, which I do not see as occurring in the next three years under the Police Department's new labor agreement, would I even consider outsourcing the Police Department. I support the renewal of the Parcel Tax, Measure "X", which funds $1.1 million of the Police Department cost.