Facts Regarding Hamilton Police Security Costs
Recently, some media articles have questioned the financial costs of police
security detail when assigned to Mayor Kelly Yaede. Following criticism directed toward the police
officers that perform this duty, Mayor Yaede publicly released the cost
information related to both mayoral security detail and the cost of police
security at Township Council meetings.
The cost of Police security for
Mayor Yaede for 2018 is estimated to be less than $15,000.00.
Of that total, approximately $12,000.00 were salary costs – but it is
important to note that because the officers are ‘on duty’, the officers
would have received the same compensation during that time, even if not
assigned to the Mayor. In addition, $2,872.50 were travel-related
costs for the entire year of 2018.
Thus far in 2019, Police security has been provided at Township Council Meetings at
the Township Council’s request. The
estimated to cost to taxpayers is approximately $1,200 per meeting in
salary costs. Like the Mayor’s
security, the officers serving are ‘on duty’ and would receive the same of
compensation during that time, even if not assigned to the Township
Council. When taking past and upcoming scheduled meetings for the
remainder of this year, the protection at Township Council meetings is on
pace to cost taxpayers $20,400.00 in 2019