Since January 7, 2001, the City of Gridley has been under contract to provide police protection to the City of Biggs.

Since January 7, 2001, the City of Gridley has been under contract to provide police protection to the City of Biggs.

The name of the police department changed to Gridley-Biggs Police Department and officers cover Biggs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In order to help the City of Biggs manage its cost of public safety services, they have sent out Requests for Proposals (RFP) for municipal police services to explore what options might exist for contracting with Gridley and other agencies.

"Biggs prefers to utilize one or two Community Service Officers (CSO's) for most patrol, non-emergency response and follow-up, code enforcement, non-injury traffic accident and animal control roles," the RFP reads.

CSO’s are non-sworn officers commonly used by police departments throughout California, but not in the Gridley-Biggs police department. 

In addition, Biggs would need an agency with sworn officers to respond to 9-1-1 calls.  The contracting agency would handle call dispatch, mutual aid agreements, provide inclusion in regional gang task force and anti-drug operations and respond within six minutes average response time, preferably.

Patrol would be occasional, every three to four hours, but not necessarily constant patrol.

Biggs would need a POST-certified sworn officer to serve as Chief of Police, but this could be a part-time role.

The City of Biggs is willing to be flexible and creative to achieve the desired objectives in various ways including such negotiable arrangements as:

Set-aside fund to cover cost of unusual contingencies such as a homicide investigation; use of STARS instead of or in addition to CSO's; use of all sworn officers, or sworn + CSO's.

The agency selected may be requested to participate in negotiations and to submit such revisions of their proposals as may result from negotiations. The City reserves the right to award a contract/select a service provider without discussion based upon the initial proposals.

The City of Gridley contract for police protection requires six months cancellation notice. The date that the RFP's are due to the City of Biggs is October 12, 2009.

The City of Biggs sees this as a way to help their financial situation, not wanting to increase the electric rates of their residents at this time.  Currently the city pays more to Gridley for police service than it takes in from all sources of tax revenue. 

It is revenue from the electric fund that supports the city’s general fund.     In the August 5, 2009, edition of The Gridley Herald, City of Biggs Mayor Roger Frith stated, "Our City already turned down a school tax. We have to take drastic action to at least stop the bleeding. No way our $300,000 can cover a $700,000 contract. We have people now who can't pay their electric bill."

Gridley’s police department is better staffed, and thus more expensive, than almost any other Northern California police department, on a per capita basis.  Gridley has about twice the number of officers per citizens as Chico, Oroville and Paradise. 

“Were not criticizing Gridley’s police department,” city administrator Pete Carr told the Gridley Herald, “if the people of Gridley feel they need and want and can afford that level of service, that’s fine for them.  Biggs does not need that level and cannot afford it.”  Carr went on to say that Biggs is simply exploring options for “a more right-sized, flexible format for delivery of public safety services” in Biggs.  Biggs has not issued a notice to cancel the current contract.