Hamilton Police are looking for a 3.8% increase in the upcoming budget after a 5% increase last year (according to the Spec $130 million). Where does it end? Considering there's only been two murders in the city so far this year, why the need for such massive increases? Has Hamilton's GDP increased by 5% and then 3.8%? Somehow I doubt it.
My recommendations for limiting the increase: cut the mounted unit (OK that's chump change) and make sure that everything that can be performed by cheaper civilian employees is done with civilians rather than the uber expensive police officers.