The Riley County Law Enforcement Agency on Monday approved the Riley County Police Department’s $22.1 million budget for 2020.

This is a 2.8% increase from the department’s 2019 budget and also includes a carryover of about $91,700 from the 2018 budget.

The increases include merit, cost-of-living and on-call pay increases for personnel, the addition of three correctional officers and one crime scene investigation detective, and the creation of an IT reserve fund.

RCPD director Dennis Butler said the personnel pay increases will help maintain a well-trained and experienced workforce.

The corrections officers will also staff a control station in the Riley County Jail and monitor inmates, and the investigations detective will specialize in capturing cellphone evidence.

The IT reserve fund is intended to control spikes in IT expenses, such as when equipment needs to be replaced or updated.

The approved RCPD budget also addresses what police called “historic under funding” in the department’s overtime budget by increasing it over 36% from its 2019 budget to about $472,700 in 2020.

Officials said this increase will allow RCPD to pay overtime they said is needed to properly assist the community.

“Thanks to the department for the thorough review of the budget,” law board chairman and Mayor Mike Dodson said. “I think this … will stand us in good stead for years to come.”

The Manhattan City Commission and Riley County Commission now have to incorporate the RCPD budget into their overall budgets.