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Budget frustration of politicians’ own making

Re: Councillors ‘frustrated’ by annual police budget increases; Nov. 23

Every year councillors complain about the police budget.

Would the councillors like to be in a squad car at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. all by themselves on a call? Or in an industrial area where no one is around at that time of night?

I think Chief Matt Torigian and his staff are well aware that councillors don’t like to increase their budgets, so I’m sure he pares it to where he thinks he might be able to get it.

Waterloo Region has a new courthouse. Fifteen hundred homes are in the works in Elmira. There has been major new building in Maryhill, Baden and a number of years ago in Mannheim.

These new houses are not cheap, they’re hardly affordable.

I worked for 19 years for Toronto Police as a civilian working in one of the divisions.

Many police officers are retiring as soon as their 25 years are up. I think a lot of them are tired of the police getting short shift on their budgets.

Toronto had an officer killed a number of years ago, and now from 7  p.m. to 3 a.m., officers must be in a two-man car.

I don’t know if that’s the way it is in this area but if you think about it, it makes sense.

If Waterloo Regional Police was given the 4.65 per cent they needed last year, maybe they wouldn’t be back this year

Marilyn Rowe

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