08/27/2012 04:42 EDT | Updated 10/27/2012 05:12 EDT

City of Winnipeg launches operational review of police with eye to saving money

WINNIPEG - The City of Winnipeg is launching a review of its police service with an eye to saving money.

The city says the police service has the largest and fastest-growing operating budget, and the review will look for ways to stretch tax dollars.

The municipality has released a request for proposals to find a qualified third party to conduct the review, which is to deliver a preliminary report by late November.

The operating budget for the Winnipeg Police Service this year is more than $220 million.

As of last year the service included 1,443 police officers and 423 civilian members.

The last review of the service was in 2000.