Screenshot of the website. The text is white on a red background reading "Region of Waterloo 2021 Budget: No police budget increase! Since the early 2000s we have seen austerity and cuts for health and social services, while the police budget has seen steady expansion. This year, Waterloo Regional Police are asking for another increase of $5.3 million. Join our calls to action for Regional Council to do better: Send the budget back to the police board with a request for resubmission with a 0% increase, as has been seen in other municipalities; Develop a six-month pilot for a police-free public safety model; Reallocate the proposed police budget increase ($5,263,920) to Black and Indigenous-led community initiatives that address the root causes of crime."

CKMS News – 2021-01-20 – Waterloo Region Weekly Roundup

Host: Melissa Bowman

The Region of Waterloo will finalize it’s 2021 budget this month. Calls from the community to reallocate funds from policing into more upstream services has led to, as one councillor declared, an unprecedented interest in the police budget this year.

This week’s Waterloo Region Weekly Round-up takes a look at how we got here, diving into police board discussions and delegations from community residents in support of reallocation of funds towards Indigenous and Black-led community initiatives.

This program is a part of the “Local Journalism Initiative” grant program and is funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the CKMS Newsroom.

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