It's never cheap to run a police force, but the increased costs to run the Port Moody Police Department next year won't be as significant as in previous years.
The department is looking for another couple hundred grand to add to its 2014 budget, but that figure is less than half of what the force was asking for at this time last year.
According to the provisional 2014 police board budget, presented to council recently, the department is looking for an increase of $201,624.
The preliminary police budget is estimated to be $9.4 million, up from $9.2 million in 2013, or a 2.19-per-cent overall increase.
That increase is mainly due to a jump in costs from switching from the Vancouver Police Department's homicide investigation unit to the RCMP's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team [IHIT].
Joining IHIT cost the department $193,000, including the cost for a full member on the team for $107,400, The city would have paid that out to the VPD anyway, leaving a net increase of $85,000.
Some of the other items in the budget include increased labour costs, utilities and inflation.
The department had just signed on to join the VPD's homicide team at the start of 2012, but after three gang-related shootings that year, the agreement was terminated earlier in 2013.
Under the agreement with the VPD, the city paid $150,000 annually and assigned an
officer to the team.
But the price tag on all three unsolved investigations has topped $1 million, which is being covered by the VPD.
The three murders remained unsolved.
Mayor Mike Clay said the police budget for 2014 is significantly better than several of the previous budgets, pointing out increases of between five and seven per cent in past years.
"It's a good budget for police," he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
Last year, the city was looking at a $650,000 increase to the police budget, or 7.48 per cent from 2012.
The city eventually pared down the increase to $260,000 for 2013.
In September, Port Moody police announced they had joined the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response team. The ERT is comprised of members of the RCMP and New Westminster, Delta and Port Moody municipal police forces.
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