The approved 2019 York Regional Police operating budget of $327.9 million, which is a 3.7 per cent increase over 2018, includes the addition of 53 police officers and civilian members to address population growth and intensification, continued sustainable and effective police services to the communities, increasing demands for service and cannabis enforcement.

The budget continues to maintain the lowest policing cost per capita in Canada among comparable police services.

The 2019 York Regional Police capital budget of $33.5 million with a capital spend authority of $62.5 million was also approved.

The expenditures include $14.5 million for facilities, $8.6 million for vehicles, $5.9 million for information technology, $4.1 million for specialized equipment and $300,000 for communication equipment.

Financing for the capital budget is a combination of contributions from reserves, debenture proceeds repaid from development charges, debt reduction reserve funding, development charge collections and external funding.

The 2019 police budget will be presented to regional council in February for final approval. To review a copy of the budget presentation, visit yrpsb.ca.

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