More deputies hired with crime grant |

More deputies hired with crime grant

Mike Pottage

El Dorado County continues to use the 1994 federal crime bill to hire Sheriff’s deputies.

Sheriff Hal Barker told the County Board of Supervisors the county has used federal money to hire nine officers, and his office just received approval of a grant to add three more deputies.

Each new hire is supported, in part, by crime bill grants for a period of three years, and then the cost becomes a county responsibility, Barker reported.

Federal officials approved $225,000, or $25,000 annually per officer to support law enforcement in El Dorado County.

Barker estimated the total cost of the three officers, over the three-year life of the crime bill grant, will be $526,000. It costs $19,500 in equipment costs for each officer. Barker also said each officer probably will have 100 hours of overtime each year, and the county must pay that bill.

The figure also includes an estimated salary and benefit hike of 3 percent a year.

Total cost to the county, he said, will be $300,930.

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