The Calgary police budget discussions will be deferred until November despite the mayor’s efforts yesterday to solidify that no cuts would be made.
Dave Bronconnier put forward a motion asking council to ensure the Calgary Police Service budget would not be cut. The implications of the deferral will be immediate, according to the mayor.
“The implications are the police chief and the commission will not go ahead with September and October recruit,” said Bronconnier.
“City council and the chief of police built a plan and now we’re saying, ‘Well, we’re only prepared to fund it for the first two years.’”
John Dooks, head of the Calgary Police Association, said CPS will be cancelling two of its upcoming training classes in the fall because of council’s decision.
“I’m disappointed with the results,” he said.”
“Obviously we have a decision where basically many council members deferred this so that the next council is burdened with this decision.”