Calgary Police Commission proposes $40-million police budget adjustment

Calgary Police Commission proposes $40-million police budget adjustment

Ahead of this month’s budget deliberations by Calgary City Council, the Calgary Police Commission is proposing an adjustment of $40 million in this year and next to the police service’s budget.

That will represent a four per cent drop in the 2021 operating budget, from $414 million to $396 million. The Calgary Police Service (CPS) is also planning to cover an expected $8-million revenue shortfall in 2021.

The commission released the report to the public before the city’s entire budget adjustment report will be released on Monday, and following Tuesday’s successful notice of motion to establish a Community Safety Investment Framework including a possible $10 million reallocation from the police.

Motion to reallocate $20M from Calgary police budget

Motion to reallocate $20M from Calgary police budget

But the $10 million in the commission’s report would only dedicate $8 million to explore “models of system integration” with partners from health, social services, justice and police. The remaining $2 million would be earmarked for a CPS review of its response to calls.

Trending Stories

The commission says not filling the 60 new positions in 2021 will make the citizen-to-officer ratio “worse,” but CPS intends to mitigate the flat growth through “alternative call response models” like those they committed to in its anti-racism report.

The police commission also expects adding no new police positions will impact investigation timelines and says it will “be a challenge to maintain response times with this reduction.”

CPS will, however, continue replacing employees lost to retirement. And diversifying the workforce will be slowed because of fewer hirings.

CPS salaries and wages make up 86 per cent of the police budget, negotiated between unions and the city.

The commission’s report said it expects the number of calls will stay roughly the same, will have to attend fewer non-emergency calls for service through alternative call response models, and will generally face increased demand with current staffing levels.

A revised city budget for 2021 will be released Monday, and city council will make decisions on all adjustments in the last week of November.
News Topics :
CALGARY In an effort to improve the outcome of crisis response and mental health calls, the City of Calgary and the Calgary Police Service CPS are increasing...
CALGARY The Calgary Police Service is presenting a list of changes and policy reviews it intends to take to address concerns around racism, equity and inclusion. It...
Top Stories
CALGARY As worldwide policing practices go under the microscope, one Calgary city councillor wants to take steps towards change. Evan Woolley says a new proposal hes bringing...
COLLEGE PARK, Md. A Maryland county has agreed to a $20 million settlement with the family of a man who was handcuffed in a patrol car when a police...
Morale among Calgary Police Service members is at a low, according to a recent survey, and has an expert predicting a pending city council decision for increased funding could halt...