Vancouver police staff salaries for 2008 put under the microscope thanks to CityCaucus.com freedom of information request
An FOI filed by CityCaucus.com a while back has now come in and it reveals that just over 345 employees of the Vancouver Police Department are now in the exclusive $100,000+ club. Our crack research team have been pouring over the figures all afternoon since they arrived electronically in the form of an excel spreadsheet.
Our FOI requested the salaries and expense claims for all those employed by the Vancouver Police Department in 2008. The highest paid employee on the list was likely Chief Jim Chu (although individual employees are not identified). The top earner was listed at $268,077.09. Employee number 2217 as they're known on the spreadsheet also filed a claim for $16,407.65 worth of expenses. By way of comparison, it's worth noting the Mayor of the Vancouver only makes about $135,000, while councillors make about $60,000.
The second highest expense claim came from an VPD employee who earned $97,778.61 in 2008. He/she filed an expense claim worth just over $15,000.
It's also worth noting that an additional 270 VPD employees earn between $90,000 - $100,000 annually. While we totally support Vancouver's finest and think they should be paid according to the risk their job entails, we cannot tell by this information request how many of these employees are uniformed police, and how many are civilian staff.
Here is a copy of the VPD response to our FOI request:
I write further to your request for the following information:
A copy of the annual salaries paid (including overtime and benefits) to all VPD employees for 2008.
You indicated that you do not require individual names of the employees. You requested that this information be provided to you electronically (via email). I note that this request was made to the Vancouver Police Board and was subsequently transferred to the Vancouver Police Department.
Attached please find the information requested which includes a field for total remuneration for each employee and a field for expenses (including travel and training).
As discussed, I have not been able to retrieve information pertaining to expenses for employees under $75,000. This information is available and I will provide it upon request. I am providing you with the information we have received to date.
Under s. 52 of the Act, you may ask the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to review our response to your request. You have thirty (30) days from the receipt of this letter to request a review by writing to:
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
P.O. Box 9038, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9A4
Telephone (250)387-5629 Fax (250)387-1696
The Vancouver Police were recent big winners in Vision's 2009 budget where many other departments took cuts.
As was previously noted by Courier columnist Allen Garr, the VPD have a policy of posting some of their FOIs on their website for public review. Hence if you want to take a look at the complete spreadsheet of salaries and expense claims, you merely need to click here.