New headquarters, new hires in police budgets

York Regional Police (YRP) will build a new district headquarters and hire an additional 34 members in 2020 after York Regional Council approved operating and capital budgets that will allow it to modernize its service.

The approved net operating budget of $348 million represents an increase of 4.2 per cent over 2019. New hires will be deployed to District Operations, Support Services, Operational Command, Staff Services, Financial Services and Corporate Development.

Council approved a capital budget of $42.4 million and gave YRP the authority to spend $57.4 million for multiple-year projects. Money has been earmarked for the new #1 District headquarters, the Marine Unit Headquarters, the purchase of land for a future substation in west Vaughan, as well as the annual purchase of vehicles, information technology equipment and other specialized equipment.

YRP says approval of the budget will allow it to meet increasing calls for service, including 9-1-1 calls and to continue to invest in the mental health, well-being and psychological safety of its members. The budget also paves the way for innovative new initiatives such as digital evidence management that are modernizing the service while supporting “efficient, effective policing” in a growing community.

“We recognize that in this challenging economic climate, YRP must maintain our commitment to the safety and security of our residents in a fiscally-sustainable and responsible manner,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said. “This budget ensures we can continue to make a difference in our community through excellence in policing.”

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