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Encinitas OKs Sheriff’s Department’s OT request

ENCINITAS — The City Council unanimously approved its new Sheriff’s captain’s request for an overtime program to proactively address trouble spots such as the downtown area.

Capt. John Maryon, who recently assumed the post of Encinitas’ top cop, made the request after his predecessor, Teresa Adams-Hydar, failed twice to receive the council’s support for an additional deputy to create a team to patrol the beaches and downtown.

Rather than requesting an additional deputy, Maryon asked for — and received — $50,000 for this year and an additional $100,000 next year, which will pay for overtime to deploy existing resources to areas where additional coverage is needed.

“That is the nice thing about having the ability to be flexible…to get more bang for our buck on what we are buying,” Maryon said.

The council, the majority of which was hesitant to grant Adams-Hydar’s request without concrete data to support it, said they were impressed with Maryon’s approach, which they called dynamic.

“I think this is a good solution, and it seems to be what you want and I think that is important,” Deputy Mayor Catherine Blakespear said. “This way you can get 10 people out on, say, New Years Eve, and fewer people at the slowest times. All of that seems spot on to our community.”

Maryon delivered a report that included comparisons between Encinitas law enforcement staff, response times and data to San Clemente, which has a similar demographic profile to the city. The council members said they were impressed with the report, which they said was detailed and thorough.

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