Cities in Riverside County that use sheriff’s deputies to patrol their streets should stick with the Sheriff’s Department and not hire their own cops, according to a consultant that studied the feasibility of a multi-city police force.

The report from Folsom-based Citygate Associates and commissioned by Canyon Lake, Jurupa Valley, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, San Jacinto, Temecula and Wildomar found it would cost those cities less to stay with the sheriff than to form a joint law enforcement agency, an option pondered in recent years by cities that use deputies to protect their residents.

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