Should more boots be on the ground in Vancouver?
VPD Chief Constable Adam Palmer says the force is looking at hiring more officers.
“For 2016, we are looking for a status quo budget, so we are looking to not have any further cutbacks, we are looking to keep our budget where it is at. Of course, it will go up because of collective bargaining increases. As far as increasing the number of officers in the VPD, we are going to do some pretty intensive research on that, so when we go forward for our budget next year, we’ll have a good business case, and we will see where we need to be.”
The City of Vancouver’s 2015 budget shows the VPD didn’t fill 59 vacancies, in a bid to save money.
They avoided layoffs through attrition.
The VPD’s total budget is $257 million.