A dogfight over dollars between city council and the London Police Services Board hangs over city hall, while the two sides determine whether or not arbitration is the right way to go.
During the multi-year budget process, politicians decided to give London Police $4-million less than what they were requesting. Tensions flared, and the police services board filed an application back in May requesting the Ontario Civilian Police Commission order the city to pay police the money.
Recently, the board has gone public with their request of a reduced $3-million from city council in an effort to get a slow-moving process going.
The offer is said to be similar to one the board apparently agreed to with the city’s treasurer, but was never discussed by council.
London Police Association President Rick Robson spoke on The Craig Needles Show about the process.
“I’ve had conversations with city councillors about the London Police Service’s budget and talked about some very specific, and what I might suggest are somewhat of a (lesser) nature as far as line edits in a budget (are) impact-wise — very involved discussions with city councillors — and yet there seems to be nobody discussing this particular issue. It’s very confusing.”
Mayor Matt Brown was also on The Craig Needles Show and supported the idea of the board approaching council.
“In any situation like this, they can be difficult decisions, they can be prolonged discussions. They’re important discussions to have, and I for one will be looking forward to supporting that delegation. I think it’s important that they have every opportunity just as they did through the budget process, and leading up to now to approach council.”
The board is requesting delegate status to speak to the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting on Aug. 29.