Opinion

Policing costs

Editor:

Re: Police costs need look, Jan. 2.

I think Coun. Al Campbell is right to be very concerned about the cost of policing in White Rock.

The White Rock policing budget is at least 30-40 per cent higher than what other communities are paying for the same level of service.

As an example, look at the District of West Kelowna. Same number of positions – 23 – but a budget that is a full $1 million less than the bizarre $5 million we pay. The cost per officer in West Kelowna is $173,913, compared to White Rock’s $217,000.

It is important to note that West Kelowna is similar to White Rock in that it is adjacent to a large body of water and experiences the same seasonal increase in activity.

With the lowest caseload of any policing operation in Metro Vancouver, you have to wonder how White Rock is now adding yet another employee to the tax rolls as an RCMP support position – at an annual cost of $48,000.

With a mayor and council of seven people charged with the governance of a community of less than two square miles – which equates to 4.8 square blocks each – you would think someone in ‘the bunker’ on Buena Vista would be looking across the parking lot and wonder what is happening on Pacific, wouldn’t you?

I guess Campbell has, and good for him asking questions about how our money is being spent.

Ross Buchanan, White Rock

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Re: IHIT costs add up for White Rock, Dec. 5.

We’re over budget on legal and leisure services costs, yet Mayor Wayne Baldwin is pleased to announce we’re under budget on RCMP contract costs and solid-waste recycling and green-waste programs.

Maybe our mayor and city council members – who just gave each other rather large incremental pay raises – could cut further costs by sidelining as garbage men/women and policing our streets.

Jay Heakes, White Rock

 

 

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