The budget for legal fees for the Timmins Police this year has doubled from last. The board presented the numbers to city council at a budget meeting last night. Police Chief John Gauthier says the legal fee increase is because they expect some issues to come up this year. He says some matters with officers will go to a hearing, which can get expensive.
Gauthier would not comment on any of his own legal matters.
Gauthier also clears up the misconception that Timmins Police decides if suspended officers get paid or not. He says that comes from the Police Services Act, which neither TPS nor the city have any control over.
Suspended officers get paid, however Gauthier says there is an exception.
He says in that case, part of the suspension would be without pay.
The overall police budget is set go up by just under 5% this year. They have made some cost saving measures, including cutting some funding for training and uniforms. They have also cut one full time records staff member.