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Calif. town to outsource police duties

2-member police department closed; town will outsource to neighboring towns or the county sheriff

By Michael Cabanatuan
San Francisco Chronicle

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - At a painful meeting that had the mayor and head of the police officers union choking back their emotions, the Half Moon Bay City Council voted Saturday to shut down its Police Department and turn over its duties to the San Mateo County Sheriff.

The council voted unanimously to authorize the city manager to negotiate the specifics with the sheriff - a move that is expected to save the cash-strapped coastal city of 13,300 at least $509,000.

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