It’s part of the cost of putting the bad guys in jail.
DNA analysis is expensive, and now B.C. cities have to pay for it.
That’s after a change in a federal-provincial deal, leaving municipalities responsible for the costs.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who also chairs the police board, says the city is on the hook for $600,000 in extra policing costs.
“These are the worst crimes that we have, having that central DNA analysis is crucial to the investigations and making sure that the province is funding that is what we want to see. We don’t want to see downloaded costs onto cities like Vancouver.”
But provincial Justice minister Suzanne Anton is taking issue with the Mayor’s characterization.
She says while this is a downloading of costs, it’s coming from the federal government, and it should be no surprise to cities.
“The municipalities have had notice of this for a couple of years now. I think in accusing the provincial government, I think the mayor might do some fact checking.”
Anton says the province is still providing $3-million this year, and $1.3-million next year. s to fill the funding gap.
Robertson says he wants the the new federal government to reverse the move.