Winnipeg police’s budget has a shortfall of $2.45 million dollars and there’s a chance some officers could be out of job in order to cover the difference.
The Executive Policy Committee had asked to the service to trim their operating budget by over $4 million, but they were only able to shed a part of that.
Chief of Police Devon Clunis told the board that there is nowhere else to make cuts. 85 per cent of the police’s budget goes towards salaries and benefits. There’s also money going towards maintaining equipment and vehicles as well as health and safety expenses.
The board heard that up to 80 positions would need to be cut in order to make up the difference. That would include cancelling the Fall 2016 recruit class, laying off 20 members in the Spring 2016 recruit class and laying off 40 cadets.
Instead the board voted in favour of a resolution and have city council cover the costs.
Councillor Ross Eadie promised to introduce a motion to raise the property taxes by .48 on top of the 2.33 per cent announced last week.