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Guelph police overtime was $822K over budget last year

Major crimes are a major influence on the amount of police overtime
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Guelph Police headquarters. Kenneth Armstorng/GuelphToday file photo

A number of major crime investigations kept Guelph police officers busy through the fall, and ballooned paid overtime hours in the process.

According to a preliminary variance report headed to the Guelph Police Services Board meeting Thursday, paid overtime went $822,000 over budget as of the end of 2023.

Banked and paid overtime hours were up year-over-year by 11,304 straight time hours.

“All areas recorded an increase in overtime hours from 2022 levels except for legislated/mandated and no lunch,” the report states. 

“Overtime hours include 2,380 relating to the downtown supplemental staffing project which was a special project approved by the board and supported by city council for 2023.”

For comparison, paid overtime spending was $344,000 over budget as of the end of September, according to a previous report.

At that point, police anticipated the remainder of the year to present challenges due to staffing vacancies and the “higher than normal level major crime investigations.”