Commission approves $3.32M increase to 2017 Saskatoon police budget

Saskatoon Police Service receives approval from commission for a $3.32 million 2017 budget increase that would put six more officers on the street. Devin Sauer / Global News

The Saskatoon Police Service is one step closer to getting a roughly $3.32 million budget increase for 2017.

Police Chief Clive Weighill presented his funding request to the board of police commissioners on Thursday afternoon.

They ended up approving the largest of three options he presented to the group.

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The 2017 proposed operational budget is a 3.94 per cent increase over the current year.

The budget includes six new officers to serve a city that’s seeing an increase in property crime due in part to a rise in crystal meth addiction.

“Six officers will help us maintain our visibility on the streets,” Weighill said.

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“The two positions within criminal investigation will help us with some of our covert activities when we’re working on some of the drug people that are coming into Saskatoon and try to root them up and get them out of Saskatoon.”

The budget will now go before Saskatoon city council, which will begin deliberations later this month.

Joel Senick contributed to this story

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