Hamilton Police are hoping that a 3.7 million dollar budget surplus will help it get moving on construction of a new headquarters for investigative services.
Chief Eric Girt will be asking the police services board to set the surplus aside for that project when it meets on Thursday afternoon.
He has the support of board chair Lloyd Ferguson who agrees it is a desperate need. Ferguson stresses that “forensics have changed significantly since our lab was built”.
Ferguson adds that the 2015 police budget surplus is largely a result of the previous chief’s controversial decision to suspend all vacations during the PanAm Games last July.
The land has already been set aside, but the cost of the investigative services building is estimated at more than 15 million dollars. The city’s attempts to get the federal and provincial governments to invest in the project have not been successful.