What we do
Ensure the safety of our community, comply with regulations/legislation and uphold the wellness of our members.
Why we do it
To ensure the highest quality of life for the citizens of Guelph we align our services with the strategic priorities as identified in the Guelph Police Service 2019 to 2021 Strategic Plan.
Our priorities include a continued focus on community policing by strengthening relations/engagement with community members, and ensuring that GPS staff is knowledgeable, equipped and resourced appropriately to meet the policing and safety needs of our community.
The organizational health and service effectiveness is a priority with an enhanced focus on community wellness and member wellbeing to ensure efficient, effective and compassionate service is provided by the most appropriate resources.
We also ensure adequate staffing and deployment of resources to better respond to community safety issues and increased policing demands by addressing concerns in our downtown and in the community regarding road safety and drugs and property crime.
2021 to 2024+ initiatives
- Ongoing Implementation of the green initiative that will convert all uniform and traffic vehicles to hybrid technology.
- Implementation of our Body Worn Camera Pilot with a view to gathering the data required to access the affordability/benefits of a full-scale implementation of body worn camera technology.
- Transition the current bicycle fleet to e-bikes.
Operating budget—Revenues and expenses
2021 budget changes explanation
$2,193,950 or 4.75% net budget increase as approved by the Guelph Police Board in 2021 due to:
- $90,700 increase in revenues mainly due to grant revenue.
- $2,457,200 increase in compensation for the services’ permanent and temporary full- and part-time employees. A portion of this amount, $946,700, was approved in the 2020 operating budget and relates to the annualization of the 2020 new hires.
- $12,100 increase in purchased goods mainly due to computer software as a result of an approved capital purchase in 2020.
- $168,300 decrease in purchased services mainly due to the removal of the 2020 capital costs included in operating. Increases were recognized in repairs and maintenance resulting from moving to a dealer-based servicing model for the new hybrids that will be offset by a decrease in internal charges.
- $6,700 decrease in financial expenses based on actual trends.
- $9,650 decrease in internal charges and recoveries mainly due to the servicing of vehicles being moved from City Operations/Public Works to the dealer-based servicing model.
$500,000 net increase budget change in 2021 due to:
- The reversal of the one-time 2020 Council-approved $500,000 transfer from the Tax Operating Contingency Reserve to mitigate the 2020 tax levy impact of the Guelph Police Service expansions.
2022 to 2024 budget changes explanation
$2,555,500 or 5.29% net increase budget in 2022 due to:
- $76,000 decrease in revenues mainly due to grant revenue. As the majority of grants will expire during this forecast and due to the uncertainty around the provincial government’s program reviews, future grant revenue has been estimated for this forecast.
- $2,274,700 increase in compensation based on collective agreement increases and 2.03 staffing additions.
- $158,900 increase in purchased goods mainly due to computer software related to the Body Worn Camera project.
- $10,850 decrease in purchased services mainly due to consulting and professional services.
- $56,750 increase in internal charges and recoveries mainly due to the removal of a reserve transfer.
$2,107,600 or 4.14% net increase budget in 2023 due to:
- $5,000 increase in revenues mainly due to user fees.
- $2,025,800 increase in compensation based on collective agreement increases and three staffing additions.
- $18,550 increase in purchased goods mainly due to utilities (budget provided from City).
- $49,950 increase in purchased services mainly due to travel and training.
- $18,300 increase in internal charges and recoveries (budget provided from City).
$1,732,500 or 3.27% net increase budget in 2024 due to:
- $1,648,600 increase in compensation based on collective agreement increases.
- $19,300 increase in purchased goods mainly due to utilities (budget provided by the City).
- $49,400 increase in purchased services mainly due to travel and training and consulting and professional services.
- $18,300 increase in internal charges and recoveries (budget provided by the City).