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No playoff hockey means savings for Vancouver Police

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It was bad news for Vancouver Canucks fans this week when the team got bounced from the first round of the playoffs, but it’s actually good news for Vancouver Police.

As a result, the force will actually save a lot of money.

Constable Brian Montague says the deeper the team would have gone in the post-season, the more it would have cost the VPD thanks to extra patrolling.

“We don’t have a whole lot of presence in the first round usually, as we make it into the second and third rounds, the police presence increases and obviously the cost does too.”

Montague adds the presence they had for Games 1 and 2 was pretty much the same as any regular season game. “Obviously the games at Rogers Arena we had a police presence at, but there not much more beyond what we normally have for a Canucks game.”

The run to the Cup and riot two years ago cost the VPD just over $7-million.


Integrated Riot Investigation Team Costs

$0.49-M Forensic Lab (Provincial asset)
$1.56-M incremental (estimated to June 30th, 2012)

$1.04-M to date (Provincial)
$31-K Vancouver Police Foundation

In-Kind Costs (estimated to June 30th, 2012 )
$5.15M VPD
$1.94M Police Partners

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Mean Gene

Back to reality, the billionaire owner made his money and the millionaire players are playing golf.

May 11, 2013 at 8:51 am

According to the VPD, about 33% of those arrested at the Stanley Cup riots were from Surrey. It was truly Surrey residents who help embarrass us in the eyes of the world.

May 11, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Surrey is also the 2nd most populated city in the provincre – bound to have a higher statistics, that doesn’t mean these perpetrators reflect the views of the entire city.

    May 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm