City shuffles cash for new $1.5M police bomb unit site
Committee OKs budget changes so Winnipeg Police Service can have new $1.5M bomb unit facility
The city’s executive policy committee has come up with $1.5 million in funding for a new bomb storage and disposal site.
The Winnipeg Police Service’s bomb unit has been at a temporary location since its facility on Pandora Avenue was closed in 2009.
Now, a new permanent location has been identified, but the amount needed to pay for it and developing the surrounding area far exceeded the original budget of $372,000 for the project.
On Wednesday, police asked if it could shuffle funds within the police service’s budget to cover an extra $550,000 for the project. The service will also be getting $400,000 from the city’s municipal accommodations department.
EPC approved the cash shuffle during a Wednesday meeting, bringing the total cost of the project up to $1.5 million.
Winnipeg police are not revealing where the new bomb unit facility will go for security reasons.