Pass the Cup to pay police

SUSAN SHERRING -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

Seems Sens fever is going to come at a hefty cost.

All that Stanley Cup partying is going to take a $500,000 bite -- at least -- out of local taxpayers' coffers.

The sea of blue police officers -- needed for both home and away partyers -- is estimated to cost at least $500,000, depending on how long the series goes.

Police Chief Vernon White said it's impossible for the Ottawa Police Services Board to budget for something like the Stanley Cup.

"You may not need everything you end up with, but certainly there will be a cost for the service. We wish we could have figured out last November that there was going to be a Stanley Cup series in Ottawa," White said.

"You budget for certain things, things you know might happen. You can't prepare for this. Look at Toronto, if they'd been planning for it for the last 40 years, they'd have a huge surplus of money," he recently joked with reporters.

The chief had nothing but praise for Ottawans' orderly partying up to this point.

"They could not have been better citizens. They enjoyed themselves, yet we had no real issues.

"Let them enjoy themselves, and they should be praised for the way they behaved. I'll likely be out there with them next time," he said.

Innes Coun. Bob Monette said there are no options to pare down the costs.

"Public safety and security has to be our main priority.

"I think from now on we should make that money a line item within the police budget, and it can be there for the Stanley Cup for many years to come," Monette said.


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