I wonder how many Newport Beach residents know about the changes being made or planned at the Newport Beach Police Department and how they will affect every resident.
The police department is talking about picking up the arrestees from Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa arrests more people a night than there are beds in the Newport Beach jail. They also arrest a lot of homeless/transients every day. Those arrestees will be released from the Newport Beach jail and will either decide to hang out in Newport Beach or walk home to Costa Mesa, through Newport Beach neighborhoods.
They are also talking about phasing out the current jail employees with a private company. Let's see, they are going to replace employees who have gone through a thorough background investigation and have ongoing training with people who could not be hired by a police department because they could not or did not pass the test/background. These private employees will be dealing with money and drugs found in the jail search. While this may save money on the front end, it may cost the city big-time money with future lawsuits for actions committed by these private employees.