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2014-08-30 at 1:12PM

Homicide investigations spell bad news for police service's budget

Deputy chief Andy Hay says police budget hard to manage this year.
Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
Deputy chief Andy Hay says police budget hard to manage this year.
By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

The city shouldn't expect good news from the police budget with seven homicides to-date so far this year.

Homicide investigations are the most complex and time-consuming aspect of work for the Thunder Bay Police Service. That means detectives, officers, investigators, support staff and others every time there is a homicide.

"All working around the clock, which means a huge impact on overtime dollars and pressures," Deputy Chief Andy Hay said.

"They are the highest priority investigations that we undertake and we have to do them  to a provincial standard."

Depending on the investigation, overtime costs alone can range from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"These seven investigations are going to put a great deal of pressure on our budget. We are attempting to manage it. How it's going to end up at the end of the year I don't' know but I don't expect it's going to be a real good news item for our budget with this many homicides to-date," Hay said.

Police also have to hold scenes during investigations, sometimes for days, which also drives up costs.

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