At the August City Council meeting, Councilmember Westerhoff reported that the Sheriff service had been reduced to 15 hours per day from 19 in 2010-11.
His statement is supported by the 2011-2012 Sheriff Contract which provides for 1.9089 56 Hour Service units. A 56 hour unit can provide 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. The amount contracted for works out to 15.27 hours per day.
The August agenda included items the Council could purchase with funds freed up from the Sheriff cuts.
However, it appears that deputy time spend accompanying city staff, standing guard at city meetings, etc is deducted from patrol hours.
In 2010-11, last year, the City contracted for 2.41 56 Hour Service Units, or about 19.2 hours per day.
In 2009-10, the City contracted for 20.57 hours per day.
The 2004-05 Contract also had 20.57 hours per day, but with less non-relief time. Under "non-relief", if a unit is called out of the city, back-up is not supplied.
See 2011-12 Sheriff contract
See 2004-05 Sheriff contract