A six-month study directed by city council says Centennial made a smart move when it outsourced its law enforcement services to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Conducted by city staff, the internal review suggests the ACSO provides these services at a lower cost per capita than comparable metro Denver.
Looking at elements such crime statistics, staffing levels and costs per capita and cost per call, the city says it enjoys significant cost savings compared to like-sized municipalities such as Arvada and Westminster.
According to the report, Centennial’s cost per capita for law enforcement in 2011 was $194.44, while city staff estimates Arvada and Westminster’s costs were 30 percent higher. Centennial’s cost per call for service in 2011 was $439.82.
Costs for Arvada were estimated to be 29 percent higher and Westminster’s was 42 percent higher.
“The City of Centennial is very pleased with the results of this assessment. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement services at a lower cost per capita than comparable cities, which is a reflection of the City’s dedication to being responsible with our taxpayer dollars,” said Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon in a press statement. “I would like to thank Sheriff Robinson and his staff for their dedication in keeping Centennial a safe community.”
The City of Centennial does not have its own police force.
Instead, law enforcement services are provided by the ACSO through an intergovernmental contract with the county, something City Manager John Daniels has said helps keep the city fiscally responsible.
“Law enforcement can be as big or as small as we need,” Danielson said in an interview earlier this year.
Danielson explained the bulk of savings comes from the city not having the expenses of a separate building, a jail or having to maintain a fleet of patrol cars.
“The unique partnership between the community, Centennial leadership and the Sheriff’s Office clearly demonstrates how public safety services can be accomplished in an effective and efficient manner,” says Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said. “The women and men of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office are honored to serve our community and are grateful to be part of a meaningful partnership that makes a difference.”
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has provided law enforcement services to Centennial since the city’s incorporation in February 2001.
For the eighth consecutive year, Centennial is ranked as the safest city in Colorado with a population of more than 75,000.