Reserve Officers' and Volunteers' Uniforms, Equipment and Clothing

DATE: July 20, 1999 
TO: Board of Supervisors 
SUBJECT:Reserve Officers' and Volunteers' Uniforms, Equipment and Clothing

SUMMARY:
The San Diego County Sheriff's Reserve personnel (law enforcement and search and rescue) and volunteers perform a tremendous service to the citizens of San Diego County. Reserves, like those who serve as volunteers, receive no compensation. Approval of the recommended Board action will amend the County Administrative Code to allow the Sheriff to reimburse each Reserve for uniform and equipment expenses up to $250 per calender year. In addition, this action will allow the Sheriff to purchase the necessary uniforms and equipment for department volunteers.

Recommendation(s):
SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB AND SHERIFF WILLIAM B. KOLENDER 
Read the title and waive further reading of an Ordinance and introduce for further consideration and adoption on August 3, 1999:

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 444 OF THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE CODE RELATING TO RESERVE OFFICERS' REIMBURSEMENT FOR UNIFORMS, EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING AND ACQUISITION OF UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT FOR VOLUNTEER PATROL MEMBERS

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Concur.

Fiscal Impact: 
Funds for this request are budgeted within the Sheriff's Department. The funding source is Proposition 172 growth revenue. If approved, this request will result in $60,250 current year costs, $65,000 annual costs and will not require the addition of any staff years. Costs for the uniforms and equipment for patrol members will come out of the volunteer patrol trust fund.

Background:
The San Diego County Sheriff's Reserve personnel and senior volunteers perform a tremendous service to the citizens of San Diego County. The Law Enforcement Reserves provide a trained pool of law enforcement officers who assist the department in its day-to-day duties and are available in the event of major emergencies or disaster. The Search and Rescue Reserves provide assistance for search and rescue missions involving lost or stranded persons within the unincorporated areas of the County and certain designated contract cities.

Reserves, like patrol volunteers, are volunteers and receive no compensation. Each Reserve is responsible for the purchase of uniforms and all equipment necessary to perform the job of a Reserve Deputy, except the following Sheriff's Department issued items: badge, I.D. card, helmet, baton and protective vest. The individual's cost to become a Reserve is approximately $600, excluding the cost of the service weapon. In addition, Reserve Deputy Sheriffs incur costs for transportation to and from meetings, duty assignments, and required training programs. Although volunteers are not responsible for the purchase of their uniforms and equipment, authorization is needed to allow the Sheriff to purchase uniforms and equipment for volunteer patrol members.

Approval of the recommended Board action will amend the County Administrative Code to allow the Sheriff to reimburse each reserve for uniform and equipment expenses (as specified by the Sheriff's Department) up to $250 per calender year. This action will also give the Sheriff the authority to purchase the necessary uniforms and equipment for volunteer patrol members. There are currently 241 Reserve Deputy Sheriff's and approximately 400 volunteer patrol members.

Respectfully Submitted,

DIANNE JACOB 
Supervisor, Second District

WILLIAM B. KOLENDER 
San Diego County Sheriff