YORK REGIONAL COUNCIL APPROVES 2005 POLICE BUDGET
York Regional Council today approved the 2005 York Regional Police operating and capital budgets, paving the way for an additional 67 officers and 35 civilians to meet the needs of our growing community.
The net operating budget for 2005 is $150,673,000 and this year’s capital budget totals $9,087,000.
Chief Armand La Barge said the 2005 increase of $12.5 million over last year will better allow York Regional Police to respond to such community issues as traffic safety, police visibility and violent and drug-related crime.
“I’d like to personally thank the members of Regional Council and our Police Services Board for their hard work and support of police during budget discussions,” Chief La Barge said. “Safety and security continue to be important issues for our residents and the addition of these new officers will increase our ability to respond to those concerns.”
The breakdown of the new officers is as follows:
Forty-five of the 67 officers will be assigned to the front lines and the Criminal Investigation Bureaus in the five districts. Investigative Services, which includes such bureaus as Homicide and Hold-Up, will see 12 new officers, while Support Services, which includes the Air Support and Canine Units will see an additional six officers. Four officers will work in administrative bureaus.
Police Services Board Chair David Barrow said the increase will improve police visibility in our neighbourhoods as residents have been requesting.
“I’m pleased Regional Council continues to support police services in our region,” Chair Barrow said. “It has also allowed us to move forward on our five-year staffing plan.”
The capital budget will allow for vehicle replacement, the purchase of communications and information technology equipment and mechanical improvements to the York Regional Police helicopter Air2.
Prepared by: Kathleen Griffin