VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Stanley Cup Riot has cost the Vancouver Police Department about $2-million.

VPD Chief Jim Chu says dozens of officers haven’t been able to focus as much as they normally would on their regular tasks because they have been concentrating on catching rioters.

Sixty-eight full-time officers and one part-timer are working for the Integrated Riot Investigation Team.

“In the Vancouver Police Department, we’re always looking at the nature of the crime and the solvability and we’ll deploy officers based on what is the most serious crime that we should be investigating,” explains Chu.

“That occurs all the time and in this case, there are some officers who are pulled from other units. Some of those units, such as the Identity Theft Task Force, there are some crimes that perhaps didn’t receive the attention they would normally receive.”

The $2-million cost doesn’t include the salaries, cell phone bills and extra computers those officers used. When all the costs are tallied, it works out to about $9-million.

About $2-million was covered by other jurisdictions, which leaves the VPD on the hook for $7-million.

IRIT Commander Les Yeo says most of that money was already in the budget.

“The $5-million, which is the Vancouver portion of the cost, would have been spent anyway,” explains Yeo. “That’s not just salaries. [It's] other things including cars [and] all that kind of stuff. We would have spent that anyways. We would have had those officers involved in other things within the organization.”

The province has also chipped in about a million dollars to help cover the cost, but Mayor Gregor Robertson wants to see that number increased.

“We’re thankful to see a $2-million contribution from around the region, but there’s $2-million extra the VPD has had to spend,” Robertson says. “The province has come through to cover half of that, but we’d like to see that other half covered at least.”

Robertson and Chu will both continue to lobby the provincial government for more money.

The VPD plans on winding down the riot investigation this summer so members of IRIT can go back to their regular units.

“We’re working on that staffing report right now,” Yeo says. “Even yesterday I was reading a draft. I don’t want to get into exactly what’s going to happen but we will start to narrow it down slowly.”

Yeo says that doesn’t mean the investigation is closed and they will continue to operate the riot website.

“This is all about the public going to the website and looking at the pictures on that website to help us identify the people that caused that carnage that night,” notes Yeo. “One [of those strategies] could be to create a ‘Rioter of the Week’ with the media.”

The riot caused about $3-million dollars damage.

To date, 508 charges have been recommended against 175 accused rioters, while the Crown has approved 225 charges against 85 accused rioters.

Three people have entered guilty pleas.