Members of the Milpitas City Council are considering a move which would allow for Milpitas Police Departments services to be outsourced to an alternate agency. The Council has voted 3-2 to allow interested parties to submit bids for the contract.
Residents say the Milpitas Police Department is doing a good job and caution against trying to fix something that is not broken. A recent report by the Mercury News found police respond times to emergency calls is approximately two minutes and 41 seconds. Some are concerned that allowing a different agency to take over safety services for the city could negatively impact those times.
Others are accusing the city council of being short sighted, putting budgetary concerns above that of public safety. One resident said they feel outside agencies would be less proactive and more reactive in terms of efforts to prevent and reduce crime.
The Milpitas Police Department has a long history of partnering with schools, neighborhood groups and residents to provide education as to how to keep city streets safe, he said. They have done a good job of alerting parents as to what might constitute gang-related clothing and other warning signs that could indicate a child is heading down the wrong path.
Replacing the Milpitas Police Department, he believes, is a poorly thought out move.
The city council has not yet set a final determination date for whether to make a switch.