The author of an MLI study on the cost of policing was quoted in the Telegraph-Journal on the rising costs of overtime for police in Saint John, N.B. Christian Leuprecht, the author of “The Blue Line or the Bottom Line of Police Services in Canada? Arresting runaway costs”, told the newspaper that many services are hesitant to pare back on overtime because they often treat it as a salary entitlement for police officers. The Telegraph-Journal reported that the overtime costs for Saint John’s police force came in $420,000 over the $255,000 budget. Leuprecht, however, says that well-managed forces shouldn’t need to go that far over budget.
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