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Why isn't City Council pushing back on the Edmonton Police Service? - MasterMaq.ca Blog
An Edmonton Journal editorial in late 2002 discussed the potential decision between the police union's campaign for 300 new officers and the operating expenses of the new helicopter that had just been donated by the Edmonton Police Foundation: "Some would argue that the city should find the money to provide both more officers and the chopper. Yet how realistic is that? And if we must choose, which option will provide the best policing?" In the end, Council voted to add an extra $5.1 million to the 2003 operating budget to hire 55 new officers, but rejected an increase to pay for the helicopter operating expenses. Police chief Bob Wasylyshen promised to find money elsewhere in his budget to enable the helicopter to fly. Oh how times have changed. Now, the police get a new helicopter paid for by taxpayers, along with the operating costs of that helicopter, and they'll get likely an increase in officers too. Instead of asking EPS to find efficiencies in its budget as in years past,