BC’s Public Safety minister is promising to find a resolution to the issue of the feds downloading DNA crime scene analysis costs onto local governments.
Mike Morris says he is disappointed with the federal government handing down the cost to cities.
“I am not happy with the fact that the federal government downloaded some additional responsibilities onto the provincial government and then subsequently onto the municipal governments that we have in the province here. It is something that we will work through and we will come up with a solution that is hopefully is workable for everybody.”
Morris says yes there is an upfront cost with DNA analysis but…
“..the savings involved with DNA analysis I think it pretty significant as well. It probably shortens a lot of the investigations. It probably ensures we get higher conviction rates. It identifies offenders when otherwise we would be sitting with a cold case file for years sometimes. I think the cost benefits have to be taken into account as well.”
He says mayors have also been burning up his phone lines to express their displeasure with shouldering the additional costs.
Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson says it’s added about $600,000 to the cost of policing in the city.
Morris says he is hoping to work out a solution with Ottawa that works for everyone.