End of an Era: Half Moon Bay Dissolves Police Force

Half Moon Bay Police Sworn In As Sheriff’s Deputies from kristine a. wong on Vimeo.

Watch a video of June 14, 2011 swearing-in ceremony of Half Moon Bay, Calif. police officers as San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies, along with the traditional badge pinning by family and friends.

Tuesday’s ceremony at the Old Redwood City Courthouse marked the final step in the transition for sergeants, officers and police department staff. The department was officially handed over to the Sheriff’s Office on June 12, 2011 as a cost-saving measure for the city.

Half Moon Bay Mayor Naomi Patridge, City Councilmember “Farmer John” Muller and 38-year Half Moon Bay Police Department veteran Guy Reimche share their reactions in the video posted at right.

According to former interim Half Moon Bay Police Chief Lee Violett, Half Moon Bay was the first city in the United States to formally put out a competitive bid for law enforcement services from an outside agency. The council voted to outsource the department and enter into negotiations with the county Sheriff’s Office on April 2.

I produced this video (camera, video editing, writing) for Half Moon Bay Patch.

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