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City of Maple Valley

Public Safety Service Delivery Analysis

The City of Maple Valley is exploring alternatives to its current contract with King County for public safety needs. BERK is analyzing the cost of staffing differences between continuing to contract with the County versus bringing police services in-house. To help accomplish this, BERK is conducting 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.

In the coming months, BERK will compare the City’s current contract with King County to four other police departments of similar size, socio-economic, and demand characteristics. BERK is working with the City’s public safety committee on recommendations to the City Council related to service changes.