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Police Services under budget in 2013 but overtime pay in the red

The Ottawa Police Service is finishing 2013 with a small surplus but they have a $600,000 dollar deficit in their overtime budget.

The financial report due to be delivered at Monday night's upcoming board meeting shows that despite concerns there would be an overall deficit the Police Service ended 2013 $104,000 in the black.

"What we're seeing there is a trend to more call outs of our search units for missing elderly people, actually, and I think that's a bit of a trend on our demographics," said Debra Frazer, the director general for the Ottawa Police Service.

"We had a big project as well, for people who follow the police activities called Project Anarchy, which was a significant drug project here in Ottawa and the results of those two activities caused a $600,000 expenditure beyond budget at year end," she told CFRA.

There is also a small deficit because of legal fees and claims against the police service.

Thanks to new revenues from Collision Reporting Centres and paid duties as well as savings from cost-cutting measures, vehicle maintenance costs and facilities operating costs, though, the police service did come in under budget last year.

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