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Woodstock Police Going Under Review

Woodstock City Council are hoping they can spend some money to save some money. In passing the city's budget Thursday night, they also included $50,000 for an efficiency study for the police department. Woodstock's Police Budget came in at a net increase of 3.7%, despite not adding anything to it. The hope is, an efficiency study may find some cost savings in the operation. Police Services Board Chair Sandra Talbot says it's reflective of the current cost of policing. "We ourselves (police board) personally think we did as best as we could do with the budget with what we were faced with and the fact that we don't have a lot of room to play with it." 89% of the police budget is comprised of salaries and benefits, which in recent years, have been decided through provincial arbitration. There's no timeline as to when the review will take place. Talbot says the Police now join the Woodstock Fire Department in going under an efficiency review. "With other departments going under review we thought it would be prudent for us to do one as well to make sure that we're not missing something, or there isn't something that we could do better."

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