Good for the Hamilton Police Board for asking the Hamilton Police to go back and look for savings. The Spec has the story here. Noteworthy numbers:
"The board voted — five for, one against — Monday to table it after a
one-hour discussion about the $158-million budget, which is
approximately $4.3 million more than in 2014 and represents a 2.95 per
cent increase. The portion council is being asked to allocate is about
$148.9 million because the police expect to raise more than $9 million
through provincial grants and fees."
I would be curious to know how the council portion has changed from year to year.
The fact that a 2.95% is considered low considering how much the police budget go up over the years is pretty sad. For suggestions on what to cut, I would consider the mounted unit which I believe costs around $600K per year. Probably more important is finding any work that can be done by civilians (which are way cheaper than uniformed employees) that is being done by uniformed employees.