YORBA LINDA (KTLA) – The switch is official.
As of midnight on Friday night (Jan. 4), policing responsibilities for the City of Yorba Linda have been handed over to the Sheriff’s Department, ending a 42-year run of policing in the city by the Brea Police Department.
The move was made by the 64,000 residents of Yorba Linda in an effort to save on administrative costs and maximize protection in the city.
Yorba Linda is just the latest in a series of Orange County cities to make the switch. Thus far 13 O.C. cities have handed policing duties to the Sheriff’s Department.
Yorba Linda has had a $9 million operating budget, and it is anticipated that the switch to the Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement will provide a significant savings, along with more comprehensive services.
“The City of Yorba Linda gains access to our Homicide team, our Gangs team, our helicpters, our dogs, and our Narcotics team,” explained Sgt. Mark Alsobrook of the Sheriff’s Department. “Everything we have in place comes with the package.”
In making the change, the Sheriff’s Department hired 26 new officers. Many of them were previously with the Brea P.D., so they are familiar with the neighborhoods.
The 9-1-1 emergency response system in Yorba Linda has also been changed over to response by the Sheriff’s Department, all in an effort to increase efficiency and protection.
“People are going to notice that there are a lot more police cars patrolling their city,” Sgt. Alsobrook promised.