Thursday, June 22, 2017

Solano [County] grand jury report offers little insight on Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Program

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County grand jury, the public investigative watchdog of government, issued a report Tuesday on the Solano County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Program that offered just one recommendation.
The report described the duties of the four full-time deputies and sergeant in the program, but offered no insight or details about what the program has done recently, its operating costs, its accomplishments or shortfalls or what its plans are for the future.
The report includes two pages of pictures of the five watercraft, including two $80,000 Sea-Doo jet skis used by the deputies, and a one-page map of Solano County.
The grand jury report offered no explanations for how the more than 10,000 hours of duty time for the deputies and the sergeant resulted in 7,316 hours of “activity” including 1,575 hours on the county’s waterways, an average of 30 hours per week for one employee throughout the year.
The grand jury report’s single recommendation for the public is that the Sheriff’s Office should provide more details about the Marine Patrol Program on the Sheriff’s Office website.
June 21, 2017
Fairfield Daily Republic
By Jess Sullivan

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