The Lompoc City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved agreements that will allow several area law enforcement agencies to utilize the Lompoc Jail to hold arrestees.
With the agreements, officers from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and Santa Maria and Guadalupe police departments will be able to book suspects in the Lompoc Jail rather than be forced to travel to Goleta.
The agreements were sought by those agencies as a cost-effective alternative to the longer round trips to Goleta, which became necessary when the Sheriff's Office shuttered the North County Jail facility in Santa Maria in July.
According to the agreements, the city of Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County will pay Lompoc about $147 per prisoner booked at the Lompoc Jail. Based on the number of bookings anticipated by the Santa Maria Police Department (500) and the Sheriff’s Office (222 to 608), Lompoc “may realize between $106,134 and $162,876 in reimbursements,” according to a Lompoc city staff report.
Guadalupe will not be forced to pay anything. Lompoc Police Capt. Deanna Clement explained at Tuesday night’s Lompoc City Council meeting that Guadalupe anticipates booking only about 50 people per year, which “would be minimally impacting our jail,” she said.
She further pointed out that the city of Guadalupe often offers its officers free of charge for special events in Lompoc, such as parades.