Municipal auditor general targets Victoria police budget

Victoria is one of six municipalities that will undergo similar performance audits over the next 10 months

The City of Victoria is under the microscope of the newly created Auditor General for Local Government for how it monitors its police budget.

Victoria is one of six municipalities that will undergo similar performance audits over the next 10 months. The city will be evaluated for its “operations and systems in regard to approving and monitoring the budget of the Victoria Police Department,” said Mark Tatchell, deputy auditor general for local government.

Port Alberni, Merritt, Williams Lake, Surrey and New Westminster will also be audited, while 13 other municipalities will undergo audits of their procurement and asset management processes.

Victoria was chosen based on a formula of population size, geography and because it is only one of 11 municipalities with an independent police department, Tatchell said.

Audit topics were chosen based on local government input, media analysis and legislative parameters, he added.

Once the Victoria audit is complete, City officials will have 45 days to look over the report and submit their own comments for final publication in March 2014.