Online survey gives residents their say on 2021 police budget

The service hopes the questionnaire provides information from residents on what their priorities are for the police service. The information gathered will help the service in developing the 2021 budget.

With planning for the City’s 2021 budget underway, residents are being offered the chance to provide input into the Barrie Police Service’s budget through an online questionnaire.
As a service partner of the City of Barrie, the service has a duty to ensure it is making the best possible use of taxpayers’ dollars every year.
“We continue to focus on community safety and well-being and the role that the Barrie Police Service plays within the broader network of social services.”
The service hopes the questionnaire provides information from residents on what their priorities are for the police service. The information gathered will help the service in developing the 2021 budget.
Members of the service will be consulted to share information with the board related to the 2021 budget priorities. For more information on the Barrie Police Service budget, visit www.BarriePolice.ca/Budget.
The survey involves ten questions, ranging from service priorities to the use of civilian employees and a request for additional feedback or suggestions.
For instance the third question asks:
“The Barrie Police Service has hired civilians to fill several positions over the past few years which allows sworn officers to return to front line duties and has identified some cost savings. Are you supportive of further roles being civilianized, which may mean dealing with a civilian instead of a sworn officer in some instances?”
It then identifies a series of situations that could possibly be handled by civilians, asking if residents would be comfortable with that. The survey doesn’t seem to deal with issues related to defunding certain police services, such as dealing with mental health issues, but does ask if respondents want to maintain budget and services, want to reduce costs and services, or reduce the budget by looking for efficiencies.

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