Demonstrators are demanding the defunding of the metropolitan police and the redistribution of part of the budget of the Police Department of the City of Montreal to community organizations. (File photo)
Overall, 16 of 20 municipalities increased their per capita police funding over the period studied. At the same time, the CSI was down slightly in 15 of them and on average across all 20 cities, following a long-term trend that began in the 1990s in Canada.
This study was launched as debates on defunding the police intensified and instead called for the funding of local services. We noticed that there was very little research on police funding in Canada, notes Mélanie Seabrook.
The academic notes that his team had difficulty accessing municipal budgets, even when they were specifically requested from administrations.
In addition to calling on them for more transparency, Mélanie Seabrook notes that community safety is very dependent on the local context.
Thus, public participation in the development of budgets allows decision-makers to take into account the local context and the needs of those administered.
This research calls for other, more detailed studies of crime by exploring other factors, including demographics , the socio-economic situation or the type of public services present.
Another possibility: look at a more detailed reading of the different categories of crimes, such as attacks on property, compared to violent crimes.
The Upstream Lab at Saint Michael's Hospital is working on a second part of the study that compares police funding versus social services in Ontario municipalities.
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