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.

VPD STATS

Integrated Riot Investigation Team Costs

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

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

In-Kind Costs (estimated to June 30th, 2012 )
$7.09M
$5.15M VPD
$1.94M Police Partners