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Hemet panel ponders park patrols

By in Press Enterprise on June 12, 2017

By Craig Shultz

Hemet’s City Council is expected to approve a contract to spend up to $35,000 annually for park patrols when members meet Tuesday, June 13.

Services will include closing and locking parking lot gates, bathrooms, tennis courts and the Veteran’s Memorial; providing a crime deterrent with vehicle and foot patrols; reporting maintenance related items; addressing individuals who remain in the parks after closing time and reporting any non-compliant individuals to the police; and providing two inspections per park per night.

Hemet’s park’s department oversees eight facilities. The patrol services cover five of them — Simpson, Gibbel, Weston, Brubaker and Mary Henley. The others do not need to be secured at night.

Councilwoman Linda Krupa said it would cost the city a lot more money to keep the service in-house as opposed to the contract. The $35,000 would not even pay for one employee.

“There are extra costs and benefits you have to pay for when you have people on staff,” she said. “There’s definitely a cost-benefit to contract out these types of services.”

The proposal is to sign a three-year agreement, with two one-year options with Santa Ana-based Patrol Masters, the current service provider and the low bidder among five companies that sought the contract.

“We have been doing contracted patrol service for the city of Hemet since May 2012, when we acquired California West Patrol, which was under contract with the city,” Patrol Masters marketing director Sammy Ahmad said in an email.

The company, which has a Temecula office, isn’t a stranger to the region.

“We patrol many other properties in the IE, apartments, homeowners association business buildings, shopping centers and special events,” Ahmad said. “We actually have approximately over 100 clients in the IE that we provide services to. Either onsite guards or random patrol inspections.”

The bid was about $15,000 less than the closest bid. The money […]    

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