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Ottawa Police Service will look for $7-million in efficiencies as city passes 2022 budget

But that doesn't mean layoffs, according to Ottawa's police chief.
Police Chief Peter Sloly at the Ottawa Police Services Board Meeting on January 27, 2020. Photo/ Kieran Delamont

Ottawa City Council passed the police portion of next year's budget, with a two per cent increase. The Ottawa Police Service had originally hoped to get closer to three per cent.

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is being forced to find about $7.1-million in efficiencies after city council passed the police portion of its 2022 budget.

Chief Peter Sloly says he'll be reviewing front-facing services.

"We have a commitment to the board and it was part of the board's motion that was tabled on November 23, that we will come back to the board on a regular basis to outline where we are finding those efficiencies and to what extent they affect the organization, as a whole," he explains.

But that doesn't mean layoffs, according to Sloly. Instead, the OPS is expected to hire another 22 members next year.

The Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) approved a budget increase of two per cent on November 23; a decrease from its original draft, which included a 2.86 per cent increase. The two per cent increase for 2022, which was passed by Ottawa City Council on Wednesday, December 8, is still $11-million more than the OPS got in 2021.

A handful of groups gathered outside of Ottawa City Hall on Wednesday morning to continue their call for a police budget freeze.

The City of Ottawa is expected to pass its $4.1-billion budget, including an overall tax increase of three per cent for 2022. The increase would cost urban homeowners an average of $119 more annually, while rural homeowners would pay an additional $91 on average.

Mike Vlasveld

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