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Vision Statement

We are committed to working as a team to meet the needs and expectations of our customers by fulfilling our mandated mission in a professional, compassionate, ethical and timely manner.

2006-08 Objectives

The Public Safety Group’s performance measurement initiative identified mission critical services and desired outcomes. The results of this initiative are reflected in the objectives stated below.

Strategic Initiative – Kids

  • Contribute to research efforts in childhood death by actively participating in the San Diego County Child Fatality Committee, the Methamphetamine Strike Force, the Prescription Drug Task Force, the Medical Examiners and Coroners Alert Project (MECAP), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the California SIDS Advisory Council.
  • Provide career opportunity or correctional training by fulfilling 100% of appropriate requests for Medical Examiner facility tours and/or educational seminars for youth groups within four months of request.


Strategic Initiative – The Environment

  • Achieve a result of “no reportable incidents” (no contamination of public property) by providing guidance and coordination to responsible parties for bio-hazardous waste removal at all death scenes on public property.


Strategic Initiative – Safe and Livable Communities

Promote safe and livable communities by providing objective, accurate, and timely determination of cause and manner of death in order to assist families and public and private agencies.

  • Enable timely sharing of detailed information regarding the cause and manner of death by completing investigative, toxicology, and examination reports within the stated performance standards.
  • Participate in the design of a new Medical Examiner and Forensics Center facility to enhance the functioning of the current outdated building. This new facility will enable the Medical Examiner to achieve improvements in current performance levels, as well as introduce new capabilities.
  • Enable timely progress of the justice system by completing homicide examination reports within the stated performance standards.
  • Share detailed information regarding the cause and manner of death by providing copies of case reports in Medical Examiner cases within stated performance standards.
  • Begin the healing process of those who have lost a loved one by providing timely and compassionate service and accurate information about Medical Examiner procedures.
  • Notify next-of-kin for identified Medical Examiner cases within stated performance standards.
  • Enable timely funeral services for families by making bodies ready for release within the stated performance standards.
  • Promote educational opportunities to various groups and the general community to strengthen the scientific field and promote the health and safety of the region.
  • Provide education opportunities by fulfilling 100% of appropriate requests to provide training, lectures, and demonstrations for approved educational purposes within four months of request.


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Changes from 2005-06 Adopted

Staffing

Total staffing is proposed to increase by 3.00 staff years.

  • The proposed addition of 2.00 staff years will decrease investigator response time to homicides and other death scenes. This will relieve law enforcement personnel on the scene and allow them to return to patrol.
  • The proposed addition of 1.00 staff year will enable the department to increase hours of operation. The increased availability will enable the department to perform autopsies in a more timely fashion, since autopsies have increased by 10% (183) since 2001.


Expenditures

A proposed net increase in expenditures of $0.6 million.

  • A proposed increase of $0.5 million supports the staffing changes described above and an allowance for negotiated or anticipated cost of living adjustments.
  • A proposed net increase of $0.1 million is primarily due to increases in Services and Supplies to support increases in department operating costs, an increase in Capital Assets Equipment to replace aging equipment and to purchase a vehicle offset by an adjustment to Expenditure transfers and Reimbursements to reflect amounts received from the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) for Emergency Medical Services.


Revenues

A proposed net increase in revenues of $0.6 million is due to an increase in General Revenue Allocation to support the staffing changes described above and offset increases in the department’s operating costs.

Significant Changes in Fiscal Year 2007-08

No significant changes are proposed.


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