Apr 4, 2015
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Hard to argue against this sort of outsourcing.

Since 2013, the Richmond Police Department has been using a local nonprofit employing intellectually and developmentally disabled adults to wash its fleet of vehicles.

On Tuesday, RPD will ask Richmond City Council to approve another contract with the nonprofit, Contra Costa ARC, of no more than $25,000 for continued car-washing services through June of next year.

RPD says employing disabled folks to wash its cars has been an effective, cost-saving service. A supervisor with the nonprofit oversees workers as they wash cars on a part-time basis at RPD headquarters at 1701 Regatta Blvd.

“Their on-site car washing service provides for each vehicle to have a professional and clean appearance while minimizing the time officers would be out of service waiting for their vehicles to be washed elsewhere,” police stated in their council agenda item.

Contra Costa ARC, which was incorporated in 1965. provides direct services and employment opportunities to special needs folks, helping them reach their highest potential for independence. Police say the group has a “strong reputation” for providing high quality, cost-effective services to Bay Area businesses.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.