In an annual review of Thousand Oaks' finances, City Manager Grant Brimhall has uncovered enough money to send another police car on patrol and to train city employees in customer service.
Brimhall will present his findings tonight, as council members tinker with the two-year city spending plan approved in 1993.
If the council approves Brimhall's recommendations, sheriff's deputies will bolster their regular patrols by sending out another car for 56 hours a week. Buying and staffing the car will cost about $200,000 a year, Brimhall said.
To further boost crime-fighting efforts, Brimhall has recommended a "Volunteers in Policing" program.
Trained residents would take over some routine police duties, such as fingerprinting children for identification, checking on vacationers' homes, advising Neighborhood Watch groups and monitoring the Crime Stoppers hot line. Launching the "Volunteers in Policing" program would cost about $20,000.
Aside from changes to the police budget, Brimhall has recommended spending $25,000 to train city employees in customer service and management techniques. And he would like the council to add $7,500 to a youth outreach program.