It's not clear whether such a reconfiguration would entail firing every member of Fullerton's force or absorbing them under the sheriff's banner, but tonight's meeting is focusing on asking the heriff to produce a bid outlining the costs to the city.
"What I'm hearing so far is that a bid might come out to millions of dollars of savings to Fullerton," said Kiger. "If that turns out to be true, we'll have to look at that."
"Hopefully you're not replacing the old with the new and sort of recycling personnel," said Fullerton resident and Cal State Professor Jonathan Taylor. "It seems to me that the best alternative would be (to hire) a police chief that understands the nature of the problem of police brutality and is unwilling to tolerate it in the department."
In which case he added, the color of the uniforms is irrelevant.
UPDATE AUG. 8, 2012 11:45 A.M.: Last night's meeting of the Fullerton City Council saw three of five members voting against further exploration of the process to replace the Fullerton Police Department with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Councilmembers Bruce Whitaker and Travis Kiger both supported examining the cost benefits of such a restructuring, a process which which would have required long-term analyses.
"Sometimes you receive a quote," said Whitaker. "But that doesn't mean you are buying a car."
Yesterday Kiger, told the Weekly he believed switching the city's police services to the Sheriff's department could save tax payers millions of dollars.
But Mayor Sharon Quirk Silva expressed her support for the current department saying, "You can't replace people who have grown up here."
In addition to majority council opposition, several members of the community spoke out against the move including members of Kelly's Army who said the Fullerton Police Department have begun moving in the right direction since the beating death of unarmed homeless man Kelly Thomas more than a year ago.