Niagara Police Services Board says yes to 2020 budget

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The $154 million budget includes a 5.3 percent spending increase over last year.

But it also includes cash to hire 40 more uniformed officers by July 1st.

The budget now goes to Niagara Regional council for final approval.

Also at yesterday's meeting, the Mayor of St. Catharines asking for more support and 'the right kind of resources' to tackle problems in the downtown core.

Mayor Walter Sendzik thanked the police for stepping up foot patrols in the city, but also asking for more to be done.

The mayor wants foot patrols to continue on a permanent basis, and would also like the police to consider other resources similar to Niagara Falls' Neighbourhood Outreach program.

The program provides training, knowledge and community connections to front line officers to connect vulnerable people with appropriate services.

This comes less than a week after six people were injured in a shooting on St. Paul Street.