Kingston Police overtime during Homecoming anticipated to be $80,000

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Kingston Police’s director of finance is anticipating that Homecoming will run up approximately $80,000 in overtime.

Kingston Police Services Board chair Andrea Risk asked John Howes what he thought overtime costs might be while he was giving the quarterly budget report. Howes made the guess based on previous years and the level of their response during move-in weekend.

“We did receive $100,000 from Queen’s, but I think we’ve probably already spent it so far this year between St. Patty’s and September move-in,” Howes said. “Last year, Queen’s did provide us with $130,000 then came back with $3,000 after the fact … but it was spent.”

“Yeah, I figured,” Risk laughed knowingly.

In September 2016, Queen’s promised $300,000 over three years to support Kingston Police in their community policing efforts, specifically major events at the university. In 2017, the force incurred $72,391 in overtime during Homecoming weekend and $44,051 for St. Patrick’s Day.


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The most recent quarterly budget presented to the board shows that overtime is already unfavourable by $325,000. While the majority of the overtime cost is $220,000 covering officers off on WSIB claims and sick leave, St. Patrick’s Day in the University District cost the force $56,000 in overtime and move-in weekend in early September cost $51,000. The costs in September were not budgeted for.

In a news release sent out Thursday afternoon, Kingston Police warned University District residents and Homecoming attendees that the University District Safety Initiative will be in effect and the nuisance bylaw will be used this weekend.

The initiative forces anyone who receives a ticket or fine this weekend to attend court to answer the charge. Fines won’t be able to be paid online or over the phone.

Tickets could be for a nuisance party, for any charges under the Liquor Licence Act — underage drinking, open alcohol or being intoxicated in a public place — or under the noise bylaw — make, cause, permit noise by operating a device for the amplification of sound at prohibited time or make, cause, permit noise by yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling, singing, or the playing of musical instruments at prohibited time.

Kingston Police hold the power to declare a gathering a nuisance party. Those hosting the party could be charged under the bylaw with: create, cause, host, sponsor, conduct, continue, permit a nuisance party; fail to comply with order to cease a nuisance party or leave premises; permit subsequent nuisance party after receipt of warning notice; use closed highway; remove or deface a device placed on closed highway; obstruct or hinder an officer, employee, or agent; attempt to obstruct or hinder an officer, employee, or agent.


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The first person to be charged under the bylaw was a young woman during move-in weekend at the beginning of September.

In preparation for Homecoming, Kingston Police are working with the City of Kingston, Queen’s University and other community partners to help ensure the safety of the community this weekend, a police news release said.

There will be a large contingent of officers working the event, to ensure that other officers can respond to their regular calls for service throughout the city. They said their priority is the safety of the community while maintaining a reasonable and appropriate level of enforcement.

Officers will be in cruisers, on foot, and on bicycles.

“Be respectful of the community, mindful of the law, and have an enjoyable and safe Homecoming weekend,” the news release said.

For more details on the nuisance party bylaw or the safety initiative, go online to