Canada: Calgary police ask council to boost ranks with revenue from fines

Calgary police have asked city council to authorize a “desperately needed” boost in staffing, funded in part through fines collected from red-light cameras and photo radar.

Deputy Chief Paul Cook told council members Tuesday that the service hopes to make 24 full-time hires over the next two years even though CPS isn’t expected to see an increase to its operating budget until 2021.

“We’re asking council to consider that we fund those 24 positions through (fine) revenue, because I can tell you we desperately need those positions,” Cook said Tuesday.