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.