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Sheriff’s office closing two service centers

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Due to budget cutbacks, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department is closing down service centers in Granite Bay and Lake Tahoe. The Granite Bay Service Center will be closing Jan. 9, 2009 and the Kings Beach Service Center has already closed. The Carnelian Bay patrol office at Lake Tahoe has also been closed. There are no plans for a cutback in service levels, just a redistribution of resources to reduce overhead costs. “It’s part of our cost-saving effort that’s going to be ongoing,” said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dena Erwin. She added that volunteers mostly staffed both stations. Shutting the centers will eliminate rent and utility costs. Erwin said fingerprinting was previously provided at the Granite Bay center, but the recent switch to electronic fingerprinting had already cut that service from the center. The Kings Beach and Carnelian Bay operations have been moved to the Tahoe City Substation. The Granite Bay Service Center operations will be moved to the South Placer Substation in Loomis. -Staff report