The Police Service Board approved the 2023 net Operating Budget for York Regional Police of $391.5 million, which is an increase of 3.9 percent over 2022. This includes the addition of 41 members in 2023 who will be deployed to Districts, Organized Crime and Intelligence Services, Investigative Services, Operational Command, Community Services, Legal Services, Executive Services and Professionalism Leadership and Inclusion Office. The 2023 budget addresses key themes of serious and violent crimes, supporting organizational transformation with a continued focus on safer communities. This includes the new Community Support Officer (CSO) civilian role, to support patrol officers and criminal investigators at the district level. The 2023 Police Operating Budget continues to maintain the lowest policing cost per capita in Canada among comparable police services serving populations of over 1 million residents.
The Board also approved the capital budget of $26.9 million, with capital spending authority for multiple-year projects of $32.6 million. The capital budget will provide funding for technological innovations in DEMS and Connected Officer projects, replace vehicles and facilities renovations, as well as annual purchase of specialized equipment. Financing for the capital budget is a combination of contributions from reserves, debenture proceeds repaid from development charges, debt reduction reserve funding, development charge collections and external funding.
York Region Council approved the York Regional Police 2023 Operating and Capital Budgets in February 2023.