Kitchener-Waterloo

Waterloo Regional Police Services Board approves $5M budget increase for 2021

The Waterloo Regional Police Services Board has approved a 2021 operating budget for the region's police service. Wednesday night, it unanimously passed a $185-million net levy, which amounts to a $5-million dollar increase over last year.

Total WRPS budget for 2021 is $185,387,096

Waterloo Regional Police Service Chief Bryan Larkin is pictured on Nov. 10, 2020. On Dec. 16 the police services board approved a $5 million increase, bringing the 2021 budget to just over $185 million. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC)

The Waterloo Regional Police Services Board has approved a $5-million increase to the police budget.

The police services board also approved a 10-year forecast that outlines capital spending through to 2030. 

The first draft of the budget came in at $189.2 million, but board chair Karen Redman told police to come back with a smaller increase. They settled on a $185-million net levy for 2021.

"There's been significant challenges from a fiscal perspective as a result of the global pandemic. We have witnessed, and observed a significant social unrest," police Chief Bryan Larkin said Wednesday night.

The police budget now goes to the Region of Waterloo budget committee to be included in its budget process. 

Regional council is set to approve its full budget in January.

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