Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach discussing police merger
May 10, 2011
Facing significant budget cuts, the cities of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach are discussing combining their police departments. [KSBY]
Arroyo Grande City Council will consider the merger which would save from $850,000 to $1 million a year on Tuesday. According to the proposal, both police stations would be consolidated into one slated to be in Arroyo Grande near the Grover Beach border.
Currently, Arroyo Grande has 26 officers and Grover Beach employs 19. If the merger is approved, the new joint department would have a total of 38 officers.
Grover Beach’s city council has not formerly discussed the issue. A recent merger of the Oceano, Grover Beach and Arroyo Grande fire departments has been a success saving the cities a few hundred thousand dollars over the past few years.