Dec 2, 2013 6:18 PM
The Chico Police Department has released costs related to salaries necessary to oversee the downtown and south campus area of Chico over the Halloween weekend. The combined cost of increased staffing and overtime was estimated at $62,000.
Over the Halloween weekend, the department made nearly 100 arrests between 6 p.m. on October 31 and 6 a.m. on November 3. The department indicated 84 of those arrests were alcohol related. During that time period, the department estimated they utilized 1380 staff hours to police the historically rowdy weekend in Chico. With the exception of staff who work dayside and a handful of other officers, all sworn personnel, dispatchers, and CSO’s were required to work the three nights.
The cost of the increased staffing totaled just over $42,000 in regular wages and an additional $20,000 in overtime costs, according to the department’s press release.
According to a report from the Chico Enterprise Record, the Chico Police Department expected to spend somewhere between $70,000 and $75,000 this year, and the department spent $53,000 in overtime pay for the Halloween weekend in 2012.
Other agencies including the Butte County Sheriff’s Department, Calif. Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the District Attorney’s Office, and eight other law enforcement and state agencies contributed with an additional 686 staff hours. The AVOID the 8 DUI Task Force grant provided funding for 64 hours of DUI enforcement.
The department capped off their press release by stating: “It is our hope the alcohol and party culture that is entrenched in our community will change and our police resources can better be used to serve the entire community rather than a very small segment of the community.”
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