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NRP to Spend Surplus on Weapons/Training

It's from the $3.7-million budget surplus, much of that coming from hiring freeze

Niagara regional police are planning to use some of a $3.7-million surplus in its latest budget on weapons and training.

Superintendent Mario Lagrotteria says that includes training new officers to use rifles and tasers.

"We use an off-site facility, it's a distance range.  Officers have to go to this training, it's pretty intensive, it's 4-day training.  To be qualified to use it classes are usually smaller."

He adds much of the surplus came from salaries, as the force took its time to fill many positions, especially high level posts such as psychologist.

"Psychologist, we have a general council lawyer, we had a corporate analyst position that was vacant... there was a lot of key positions that were vacant.  In addition to that, we also had vacancies in the front line, or on our sworn side."

He says all positions have been filled from last year, with the balance of surplus going to the Regional government.

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