NRP gets money for new police station in St.Catharines and to create a Human Trafficking Unit

The NRP will get money to build a new police station in St.Catharines and create a regional Human Trafficking Unit.

Niagara Regional council has approved this year's police budget which includes a six percent spending boost.

Police Chief Bryan MacCulloch tells CKTB they are responding to more complex calls dealing with mental health, addiction, and poverty issues which require more man power.

In terms of the amount of calls, the NRP have responded to 13 percent more calls from 2015.

MacCulloch says the spending increase will also allow the force to hire two dedicated foot patrol officers for downtown St. Catharines, additional officers for the Sexual Assault Unit, two more school resource officers, as well as creating a Human Trafficking Unit.

The NRP is also adding a fulltime Corporate Clinical Psychologist in what is says is its ongoing commitment to officers mental health.

In addition, Regional council has given the greenlight to a new station in St. Catharines at the corner of Welland and Geneva Street.

The overall operating budget stands at close to $147 million dollars with a capital budget of $3 million.