Halifax Regional Council narrowly approves police budget

On Friday, Halifax Regional Council narrowly approved a revised police budget for 2022-23, which comes with a budget lower than that first proposed in late February.

The $89.2 million budget approved on Friday will see fewer staff added than the $90 million budget originally proposed.

The approved budget includes funds for:

  • 12 patrol boats.
  • A reintegration officer.
  • A hate crimes detective.
  • A 911 supervisor and trainer.
  • Three part-time 911 operators.

Council voted 9-8 in favor of the budget.

Com. Waye Mason voted against.

“The processing of numbers hasn’t gone far enough, we need a deeper analysis of what the right levels of service should be,” he said.

Overtime Cost Concerns

Com. Trish Purdy seconded the budget.

“The officers are exhausted and in tatters, right now there is a crisis and that will alleviate some of the [overtime] pressure,” she said.

Councilors also agreed to consider adding $100,000 to the police commission’s budget for administrative support so it can navigate police reform.

“It has become increasingly clear that the board needs support to deal with contentious and complex issues,” Coun said. Pamela Lovelace.

A final decision on this request will be made on March 23, when all additional budget items are debated.

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