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Residents not happy about proposed budget increase for Halifax police

By Caitlin Snow Nov 23, 2023 | 10:50 AM

Not everyone is happy about a proposed budget increase of $4,398,400 for Halifax police.

It would bring their budget up to $96,743,400, a 4.8 percent increase, which, according to Chief Don MacLean, would be crucial to the force.

The money would pay for things like a dozen new patrol constables and additions to the hate crime unit and community response office.

However, last night dozens showed up to the Board of Commissioners meeting, to have their say.

Some think the funding would be better suited for mental health support, poverty and food instability, things that residents say cause crime in the first place.

Residents were told, however, these issues were something they would need to ask their local MLA.

In January, HRP asked for a 6.8-per cent budget increase. It would raise their funding, which at the time was more than $95.2 million, by another $6 million dollars.

The next meeting will be November 29, when a final recommendation will be made.