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Katz expects province to pay bulk of costs for police board

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Mayor Sam Katz said he expects the province will pay for the bulk of the costs associated with the creation of the new Winnipeg police board.

This morning, council's executive policy committee voted in favour of the police board bylaws, which govern how it will operate. The board will have the authority to hire police chiefs and act as a liaison between the community and the police service. While it will give civilians more input into policing, the board does not have input on operational decisions of the service, investigations or day-to-day operation of the police department.

It's unclear how much it will cost to operate the new board or who will pay for it.

A city report recommends Winnipeg approach the province to recover all costs associated with the board's operation.

Katz said he does not know how much it will cost to operate the new police board but the city will pay for nominal costs - such as covering the per diem of board members. He said the province has committed to pay the balance of the costs.

"Very clearly council expects them to live up to their promise and that's the only reason we moved forward on it," Katz said following this morning's EPC meeting.

The province has been contacted for comment.

The province required all municipalities to establish police boards under the new Police Services Act, passed in 2009. The legislation came on the heels of recommendations from the Taman Inquiry which examined police conduct in the motor vehicle crash which killed Crystal Taman.

City council will hold a special meeting to vote on the police board this afternoon.

The bylaw creating the board has to be passed by Dec. 1 or the city will be in violation of provincial legislation.

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Updated on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 11:48 AM CST: Updated and new headline

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