There could be a solution to the standoff over the police budget at Winnipeg city hall.
The police board has decided to scrap a $1 million pilot project that would see some officers wear body cameras.
Board Chair Scott Gillingham says he hopes saving that extra million means keeping a full complement of staff.
“All of the work that the board and the service have been doing, especially over these last several days, has been with the goal to maintain an adequate and effective service while avoiding layoffs,” he said.
Gillingham says the will present the proposal to full city council tomorrow for a vote.
“I’m trusting that they’ll approve it. I don’t think anybody, including council, wants to see layoffs of recruits or cadets,” he said.
He says the board did discuss the idea with police, including the chief, before signing off.
Police were facing a $2.45 million budget shortfall they said would force them to lay off up to 40 officers and scrap the cadets program.
Meawhile, six city councillors are joining together at city hall Monday afternoon to make a statement about proposed changes to the budget.
The group includes Councillors Gilroy, Wyatt, Eadie, Schreyer, Dobson and Allard.