REGINA — In an effort to improve efficiency, the Regina Police Service has transferred parking enforcement management along with $334,274 to the City of Regina.
“From our perspective, we were somewhat neutral, somewhat indifferent in terms of whether or not it would be of any loss or benefit to our service … the City of Regina does extensive work with respect to bylaw enforcement and that’s more of their core function versus our core function,” said Troy Hagen, RPS police chief at Thursday’s Board of Police Commissioners meeting.
Hagen said the police and the city have been discussing the switch for about two years. Regina City Council approved the move at the Dec. 19 council meeting with an amendment to the Regina Traffic Bylaw.
Effective Jan. 1, management of parking enforcement is the responsibility of the city’s Licensing and Municipal Fines Branch within the division of Community Planning and Development. The budget transfer of $334,274 represents the contractual obligation between the RPS and the Commissionaires who perform the parking enforcement service.
In terms of efficiency improvements, Andrea McNeil-Wilson, manager of licensing and municipal fines for the city, said this will be achieved by reducing the number of “customer touch points.” Individuals receiving a parking ticket or fine will still pay at City Hall or on the city’s website. However, in cases where someone wants to protest a parking penalty, that will no longer be done at the police station. This too will be done at City Hall or on the city’s website.
In general, the change will be more efficient by placing revenue management, customer service and parking enforcement management under one department, she said.
The nine Commissionaires enforcing the service are under contract until the end of 2012. But McNeil-Wilson said a request for proposals will be issued later this year for enforcement services for 2013 and beyond.
According to this year’s budget, the city expects to collect $1.4 million in parking meter and permit fees and another $1.75 million in parking ticket revenues. Jason Carlston, deputy city manager for Community Planning and Development, now assumes responsibility from Hagen for parking enforcement management.
* Also on the agenda was the RPS’s 2012 Operating and Capital Budget which was approved by the city council on Dec. 12 and received and filed by the board on Thursday.
* With respect to last month’s Wholesale Sports break-in and theft of 50 guns plus ammunition on Dec. 13, Hagen said the investigation is ongoing and that no one has been arrested or charged. In terms of whether he thought the offenders were local residents or from outside the community, Hagen didn’t want to speculate. None of the guns have been recovered, he said.
* Hagen also said the police are still investigating the Aug. 6, 2010 triple-homicide of Gray Nay Htoo, his wife Maw Maw and their three-year old son Seven at their Oakview Drive home. “Still applying the exact number of resources on that file. It’s still a very high priority within our service,” he said.