A hat-tip to reader Jim Dodd, who pointed out that the San Diego Regional Auto Theft Task Force, which I mentioned in today’s piece on task forces, is not directly funded by the San Diego Police Department.

The RATT is actually funded by a $1 assessment on vehicle registration fees levied state-wide.

Lt. Lisa Wrobel, who heads up the task force, said she estimates that her investigators’ salaries are 80-percent funded by the DMV-generated revenue. That means the SDPD would only have been paying about 20 percent of the salary of the one detective that used to work there.

This is significant because it illustrates that the SDPD likely pulled out its investigator simply because it needed the extra body on the force, not as part of a cost-saving enterprise.


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