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The Winnipeg Police Service’s forecast year-end revenue is down and expenses are up, according to a new report set to be presented at city hall next week.
The 2020 second-quarter fiscal report will be submitted to the Winnipeg Police Board on Thursday.
Traffic photo enforcement revenue is forecast to come in $5 million lower than initially projected for 2020. The drop-off in revenue is largely driven by lack of travel/commuting amid novel coronavirus pandemic restrictions, according to the report.
The WPS is projecting a total year-end revenue shortfall of $3.5 million — sparked not only by the decrease in photo enforcement but also fewer traditional fines being issued by its officers.
Meanwhile, forecast year-end expenses are on the rise: the WPS is projecting it will come in $4.4 million over budget. That appears to largely be driven by a $4-million increase in staff salaries and benefits.
Coun. Marcus Chambers (St. Norbert-Seine River), chairman of the Winnipeg Police Board, did not respond to a request for comment Friday.
At the Sept. 24 meeting of the police board, the WPS will also submit its 2020 business plan quarterly report.
The WPS has increased its foot patrol presence in the downtown core in recent months, according to the report.
During the first quarter of 2020, officers spent a collective 1,736 hours on foot patrol downtown. In the second quarter, that number jumped to 3,505.
Officers have also been spending more time on Winnipeg Transit and in transit corridors, jumping from 163 hours to 781 hours, respectively.
However, the number of arrests in the "downtown foot patrol zone" has dropped significantly from 264 in the first quarter to 166 in the second.