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Canada Edmonton police budget taking $5M hit due to Alberta budget

12:00  02 november  2019
12:00  02 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

'This will not be an easy budget': Jason Kenney braces Albertans for government spending cuts

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a police officer standing in front of a car: The Edmonton Police Service says its budget has been cut by $5 million as a result of the 2019 Alberta budget.© The Canadian Press The Edmonton Police Service says its budget has been cut by $5 million as a result of the 2019 Alberta budget.

The Edmonton Police Service is the latest in a long list of Alberta organizations which are facing large funding cuts in the fallout of the first UCP budget, tabled last week.

The police service said Friday its operating budget was reduced by $5 million to $9 million due to the province taking a larger portion of the money generated from traffic tickets, as well as having to foot the bill for DNA biological casework.

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Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson responds to the provincial government’s budget .

"EPS is working with the city on managing the overall impacts of the provincial budget," the EPS said Friday.

The police service didn't give any details on how it would make up for the funding shortfall.

Immediately following the tabling of the budget, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson cancelled a planned trip to Holland so he could work with councillors and city staff to fully understand the impacts the budget's "broken promises" would have on the city.

The Calgary Police Service also said this week it was taking a hit of about $10 million as a result of the government's decision to take more ticket revenue from the city, as well as having to pay for casework and training officers on cannabis enforcement.

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At the time, Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer said the government "made justice a priority and we will continue to fund policing and we've done so."

Union workers ready for 'winter of resistance' against Alberta government .
Roughly 200 public sector workers braved freezing weather Wednesday to rally in front of City Hall for a second straight day of protest in Calgary against provincial government budget cuts.Rory Gill, president of CUPE Alberta, said he and the union's more than 36,000 members are gearing up for what he described as a "winter of resistance.

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