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San Mateo County Sheriff's Department Takes Over Millbrae Police

MILLBRAE (KCBS) – The Millbrae Police Department is no more as the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office officially took over operations.

12 officers were sworn in as sheriff's deputies Tuesday at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City.

Sheriff Greg Monks said it is a big day for the department and Millbrae as well.

KCBS' Anna Duckworth Reports:

"They have had some economic troubles and they've struggled to maintain adequate staffing in their police department," said Monks.

Millbrae is the third city the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has taken over in the past year, joining Half Moon Bay and San Carlos.

It's estimated that Millbrae will save nearly $1.7 million in its first year of contracting with the county for police services.

"We've given jobs to everybody in the department," said Monks. "We're bringing over all of their sworn, non-sworn and volunteer folks."

Mike Grogan was a Millbrae day-shift patrol sergeant who is now off the street.

"I had the option. I chose to go into the jail," said Grogan. "It will be a new experience for me. I've been in Millbrae for 30 years. I'm excited to learn something new but still within the justice system."

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has a five-year contract with the city of Millbrae.

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