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City of Burien

Provision of Police Service Assessment

Through this assessment, the City of Burien explored alternatives to its current contract with King County Sherriff’s Office for public safety services. BERK provided analytic support to the City-formed Steering Committee as they assessed the differences in costs and staffing levels between continuing to contract with the County versus bringing police services in-house.

To help accomplish this, BERK conducted a comparative cost analysis focusing on the short and long-term fiscal implications (costs and benefits) the City would likely incur if it were to transition to a city-run department. BERK compared the City of Burien’s current contract with King County to four other police departments of similar size and with similar socio-economic and demand characteristics.