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188 members of Guelph Police Service made more than $100,000 last year

Guelph police report 188 members made six figures in 2022, which represents more than half its staff

More Guelph police employees have cracked the province's sunshine list.

According to a document heading to the Guelph Police Services Board Thursday, 188 members made at least $100,000 in 2022, a 10.6 per cent increase from the 170 member list in 2021.

The 188 members, police said, represents 54.5 per cent of their total staff.

It is the second highest number of members reaching the annual threshold in the last 10 years. In 2020, 190 members made six figures.

Police attributed the reason for the increase to a number of factors.

One of them is a "negotiated rate of pay for the position of first class police constable exceeds $100,000."

Other factors focused on an increase in overtime and call out premium because of workplace leaves and members being off for COVID-19 reasons, collective agreement clauses allowing for members to request an overtime banked payout, payout for sick leave upon termination or promotions, and special duties performed.

The document doesn't disclose the names of the members. That information is provided by the province when its annual list comes out.

Guelph police said the $100,000 threshold was introduced in 1996 and hasn't changed, but if it kept with inflation, the real benchmark would be around $165,000.

If that were the case, police said 10 members would've made the list.