San Bernardino, in its efforts to fulfill its obligations to its creditors and the bankruptcy court, is expected to formally request a proposal from the County Sheriff’s Office for policing services. A similar move is expected for fire services at a later date.

The move, which is already being lambasted by the local police association, will ultimately require approval of voters, a requirement established by the city’s charter. Support for the local police force could make that approval difficult to secure.

The request for proposal is just the first step in a potential decision to outsource. Upon approval by the city council, the Sheriff will provide a full estimate of costs associated with assuming responsibility for the city. That cost would then be compared to the price of continuing to operate the independent department.

According to the president of the POA, the move is not necessary.

Read the full story at the San Bernardino Sun.