CALIFORNIA CITY — To assist with a number of major crimes under investigation, the California City Police Department will hire temporary technical specialists with specific expertise to work with the detective bureau.
The department is looking to hire two to three specialists in areas such as major crimes, white collar crimes and internet crimes. Because they will be working on open investigations, no more specific details are available about the specialties.
The City Council approved the hiring on a 4-0 vote on March 12, with Councilman Donald Parris absent.
These temporary hires will have experience as sworn law enforcement officers in California, but will not be working in that capacity with the department, Police Chief Eric Hurtado said.
The positions will pay $75 per hour and will be hired to fit within existing budget constraints. This is not to exceed $80,000 through the remainder of this fiscal year through June 30 and into the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
The funds are available through Prop. 172 supplemental public safety funds, Hurtado said.
Hiring temporary specialists is the best possible alternative to make progress on these open cases, as the department hasn’t had sufficient manpower to provide the investigations, City Manager Robert Stockwell said.
The temporary help will provide the extra focus on these open cases in hopes of resolving them, “so some people can get some answers that they have been waiting for for a long time,” he said.
The department has been short a number of officers and, like many law enforcement agencies, is having difficulties filling available full-time positions.
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