City Commissions Operational Review of Police Service

A Winnipeg police cruiser sits in front of Tec Voc High School in this January 2012 file photo. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

The Winnipeg Police Service will undergo an external review to ensure efficient and effective use of taxpayers’ funds.

The City of Winnipeg has put out a request for proposals for the review, which will aim to find innovative ways to stretch limited tax dollars while making the most efficient use of police resources.

The operational review will look at all aspects of the service’s operations with a focus on identifying efficiencies as well as opportunities for savings. The review is intended to examine existing operations, organizational structure, systems, technology, administration, and staffing.

A potential second stage of the review will involve negotiation with the contractor to retain their assistance in implementing recommendations.

The last external review of WPS operations was conducted in 2000.

The service was provided with $8.7 million as part of the 2012 capital budget, which accounts for 1,443 police officers and 423 civilian members. Overall, $220.2 million was allocated for police operations.

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