Councillors have voted in favour of meeting with representatives from the London Police Services Board before their hearing with the Ontario Civilian Police Commission to try and hash out their budget dispute.
During Monday’s Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting, Councillors voted 11-2 in favour of hearing from Police Chief John Pare and Budget Chair Paul Paolatto next month.
The two sides have been at odds since the spring when Council approved a 4-year budget for the police that was $4 million dollars short of the department’s request.
The Police Board has filed an appeal with the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, arguing they need the extra cash to effectively serve the community.
Some Councillors were worried any comments made at a meeting with the Police Board may be used against them at the future hearing, but the commission did encourage both sides to try and resolve the issue themselves.
Pare and Paolatto will appear during the August 29th meeting of the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee.