VicPD requests more dollars to police Canada Day festivities

More money is needed to bring more police officers on duty during the Victoria Police Department's busiest day of the year.

More money is needed to bring more police officers on duty during the Victoria Police Department’s busiest day of the year.

Costs of policing Canada Day celebrations on July 1 have climbed during the past two years in anticipation of what could happen when tens of thousands of people converge in downtown Victoria to celebrate.

In 2010, the special event cost the department $128,000, in part due to the requirement to pay officers overtime and for working a statutory holiday.

VicPD’s annual budget for Canada Day is $40,000, but police brass are requesting $60,000 more in the 2012 budget, which will require approval from Victoria and Esquimalt municipal councils.