Winnipeg Police Board says there’s no way service can find $5.7 million in savings. A tense discussion at the city’s finance committee revealed deep confusion among council members and the Winnipeg Police Board about who has authority over the city’s police force.

The discussion was over a request to approve millions of dollars in extra policing costs. The committee eventually voted three to one to approve up to $7.3 million in over-expenditures for the 2021 budget. To get there, councillors argued among themselves and with police board members about who has the authority to scrutinize the expenses of the Winnipeg Police Service.

“I think that this meeting will go down as the moment when we ceased to have civilian oversight on the Winnipeg Police Service,” said Coun. Sherri Rollins. Rollins made a motion in October asking the Winnipeg Police Service to present options in order to find $5.7 million in savings by the end of the year. She also cast the lone vote against approving the funding.