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Sandy police will patrol Estacada streets

Daytime police come at a price, but its less than deputies'

CHIEF YAMASHITAThe Sandy City Council decided at its meeting July 1 that Sandy police would provide law enforcement services for the city of Estacada.

Even though Sandy officers will be patrolling Estacada 80 hours each week, the city and its officers will not be the sole support for law enforcement.

Sandy City Manager Scott Lazenby said the service would be supplemental, since Estacada residents pay a higher-rate county tax and are entitled to some enforcement from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

“We will not be the police department for Estacada,” Lazenby told the council at its meeting July 1. “Residents of Estacada receive a base level of enforcement from the county sheriff. (Sandy) will be providing supplemental patrols during dedicated hours to supplement the base level of county service.”

Council action included discussion about the details of the intergovernmental agreement and approval of the agreement.

The payment required of Estacada will reimburse Sandy for all costs associated with providing police services, including the salaries of several people who are stationed in the Sandy police station.

To help promote the idea of branching out to another city, Police Chief Kim Yamashita and Lazenby mentioned that revenues would exceed expenses.

“(The agreement) pays for all expenses related to the service we would be providing and some we would have regardless of whether we were providing the service or not,” she said. “It does put us in the black a little bit.”

That is one of the factors that ensured that neither the department nor the city had to lay off any personnel this year.

The switch would begin Sept. 1, and Sandy police cars would have a magnetic sign attached to the doors to localize them to Estacada.

Sandy police would generally patrol during daytime hours, while the sheriff would be on call for what Yamashita called “life safety patrols” during the late night hours.

While Councilor Brian Adams is not in favor of the arrangement because he believes police supervisors will be overworked, he told Yamashita during the meeting that he had a lot of respect for the job she is doing as chief.

“Under her leadership the department has turned 180 degrees,” Adams told the Post after the meeting. “So my statement to her was that my no vote does not reflect on a lack of respect and admiration for her. She is a huge asset to the city.”

The final vote was 6-1 to authorize the mayor to sign the agreement.

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