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North Bay Police Services Board Approves 2023 Budget

March 21, 2023

The North Bay Police Service’s Board has approved the North Bay Police Service’s 2023 budget.

During the open session of the March 21, 2023 meeting of the North Bay Police Services Board, the Board approved the North Bay Police Service’s 2023 budget of $24,941,514. This amounts to a 10.78 per cent increase over the North Bay Police Service’s 2022 budget of $22,514,897.

The increase of the 2023 budget is largely driven by costs associated with the implementation of the 2023 Collective Agreement as well as the hiring of new sworn and civilian members to the North Bay Police Service. This includes the hiring of nine additional officers, which was approved in 2022; the planned hiring of five additional officers throughout 2023; and the hiring of civilian members to facilitate the implementation of the North Bay Police Service’s digital evidence management system (DEMS), police body-worn camera program, and Next Generation 911 initiative.

The hiring of additional officers and the implementation of initiatives such as police-worn body cameras has clear support among the public. A 2021 survey of residents of North Bay commissioned by the North Bay Police Service and conducted by Oraclepoll Research found that 75 per cent of residents believed the North Bay Police Service “need more officers;” 83 per cent of residents supported the adoption of police-worn body cameras.

Inflationary pressures also had an impact of the budget increase including a 70 per cent increase to fuel costs, a 56 per cent increase to software costs, and a 96 per cent increase to natural gas costs since 2022.

Personnel costs including salary, benefits, and overtime, account for over 93 per cent of the North Bay Police Service’s budget. Goods and services costs amount for most of the remaining portion of the budget. About 8.5 per cent of the North Bay Police Service’s budget is offset by funding received by the federal and provincial governments for specific initiatives.