08/18/2012 03:18 EDT | Updated 10/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Que. municipal police call for more money

Two organizations that represent municipal police in Quebec said municipal forces should be getting more money from the provincial government.

Montreal's police brotherhood and the federation representing municipal police forces in Quebec put a call out to party leaders to address what they call an unfair distribution of funding.

According to the organizations, in municipalities served only by provincial police, residents pay 53 per cent of the force's security tab through taxes.

The other 47 per cent is subsidized by tax-payers across the province, including those who live in cities served almost exclusively by municipal police.

The president of the federation that represents municipal police officers in Quebec, Denis Côté, said he wants to see the provincial government allocate more tax dollars to municipal police services.

"We have more crimes to deal with, we have more work to do and we still don't have any subsidies from the government," he said.

Over the last decade, 100 municipal police stations have been shut down.

Quebec provincial police have taken over basic services in these regions.