How is contract policing different than having your own police department?

With contracting you do not have a local police chief although deputies often work long-term within the respective contract communities. The Sheriff's Office provides the administrative and supervisory capacity that normally is the responsibility of the police chief. We feel this can offer an advantage by allowing for a uniformity of policies, procedures, training and equipping of personnel. This reduces overhead and makes contracting more cost effective. The resources of a larger department also offer more flexibility with personnel issues. Contract cities are encouraged to form local police commissions to work with the Sheriff's office on local law enforcement issues.